The impact of workplace conditions on firm performance
AbstractThis paper estimates the impact of work environment health and safety practice on …rm performance, and examines which …rm-characteristic factors are associated with good work conditions. We use Danish longitudinal register matched employer-employee data, merged with …rm business accounts and detailed cross-sectional survey data on workplace conditions. This enables us to address typical econometric problems such as omitted variables bias or endogeneity in estimating i) standard production functions augmented with work environment indicators and aggregate employee characteristics and ii) …rm mean wage regressions on the same explanatory variables. Our …ndings suggest that improvement in some of the physical dimensions of the work health and safety environment (speci…cally, "internal climate" and "repetitive and strenuous activ- ity") strongly impacts the …rm productivity, whereas "internal climate" problems are the only workplace hazards compensated for by higher mean wages.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 08-13.
Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 23 Jun 2008
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Occupational health and safety; Work environment; Production function estimation; Firm performance; Compensating wage differentials;
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- J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
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- NEP-ALL-2009-05-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2009-05-09 (Business Economics)
- NEP-EFF-2009-05-09 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-HAP-2009-05-09 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-LAB-2009-05-09 (Labour Economics)
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