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On the economic impacts of medical treatments: work productivity and functioning

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  • Ernst R.Berndt

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In this essay I provide a wide-ranging overview of recent research linking medical treatments to productivity and ability to function. The studies that examine how do illness and medical treatments affect absenteeism, at-work productivity (“presenteeism”) and ability to function vary in the type of data employed, and in particular, on whether ability to function is measured subjectively (by “asking”) or objectively (by “counting”).

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  • Ernst R.Berndt, 2000. "On the economic impacts of medical treatments: work productivity and functioning," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 27(2 Year 20), pages 181-198, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:27:y:2000:i:2:p:181-198
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    1. Berndt, Ernst R. & Finkelstein, Stan N. & Greenberg, Paul E. & Howland, Robert H. & Keith, Alison & Rush, A. John & Russell, James & Keller, Martin B., 1998. "Workplace performance effects from chronic depression and its treatment," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(5), pages 511-535, October.
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    1. Kelly DeRango & Ben Amick, III & Michelle Robertson & Ted Rooney & Anne Moore & Lianna Bazzani, 2003. "The Productivity Consequences of Two Ergonomic Interventions," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 03-95, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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    Keywords

    Medical treatments; work productivity.;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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