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Workplace Health Promotion and Labour Market Performance of Employees

  • Huber, Martin


    (University of Fribourg)

  • Lechner, Michael


    (University of St. Gallen)

  • Wunsch, Conny


    (University of Basel)

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 out-comes 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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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8297.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2014
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8297
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