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Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees

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  • Huber, Martin

    (University of Basel)

  • Lechner, Michael
  • Wunsch, Conny

    (University of Basel)

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This paper investigates the average effects of (firm-provided) workplace health promotion measures in form of the analysis of sickness absenteeism and health circles/courses on labour market out­comes of the firms’ employees. Exploiting linked employer-employee panel data that consist of rich survey-based and administrative information on firms, workers and regions, we apply a flexible propensity score matching approach that controls for selection on observables as well as on time-constant unob­served fac­tors. While the effects of analysing sickness absenteeism appear to be rather limited, our results suggest that health circles/courses increase tenure and decrease the number of job changes across various age groups. A key finding is that health circles/courses strengthen the labour force attachment of elderly em­ployees (51-60), implying potential cost savings for public transfer schemes such as unemployment or early retirement benefits.

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  • Huber, Martin & Lechner, Michael & Wunsch, Conny, 2014. "Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees," Working papers 2014/06, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
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    Keywords

    Firm health policies; health circles; health courses; analysis of sickness absenteeism; matching;
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    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions

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