Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales

Workplace health promotion and labour market performance of employees

Huber, Martin ; Lechner, Michael ; Wunsch, Conny

In: Journal of health economics, 2015, vol. 43, p. 170-189

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... More

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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 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 fac- tors. 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 em- ployees (51-60), implying potential cost savings for public transfer schemes such as unemployment or early retirement benefits.