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Works Councils and Workplace Health Promotion in Germany

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  • Jirjahn, Uwe

    (University of Trier)

  • Mohrenweiser, Jens

    (Bournemouth University)

  • Smith, Stephen C.

    (George Washington University)

Abstract

From a theoretical viewpoint, there can be market failures resulting in an underprovision of occupational health and safety. Works councils may help mitigate these failures. Using establishment data from Germany, our empirical analysis confirms that the incidence of a works council is significantly associated with an increased likelihood that the establishment provides more workplace health promotion than required by law. This result also holds in a recursive bivariate probit regression accounting for the possible endogeneity of works council incidence. Furthermore, analyzing potentially moderating factors such as collective bargaining coverage, industry, type of ownership, multi-establishment status and product market competition, we find a positive association between works councils and workplace health promotion for the various types of establishments examined. Finally, we go beyond the mere incidence of workplace health promotion and show that works councils are positively associated with a series of different measures of workplace health promotion.

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  • Jirjahn, Uwe & Mohrenweiser, Jens & Smith, Stephen C., 2019. "Works Councils and Workplace Health Promotion in Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 12113, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    non-union employee representation; works council; occupational health and safety; workplace health promotion;
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    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions

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