How Productive is Workplace Health and Safety?

Elena Cottini, I. Sebastian Buhai, Niels Westergaard-Nielsen

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Abstract

This paper investigates the causal impact of workplace health and safety practices on firm performance, using Danish longitudinal matched employer-employee data merged with unique crosssectional representative firm survey data on work environment conditions. We estimate standard production functions, augmented with workplace environment indicators, addressing both timeinvariant and time-varying potentially relevant unobservables in the production process. We find positive and large productivity effects of improved physical dimensions of the health and safety environment (specifically, "internal climate" and "monotonous repetitive work").
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1086-1104
Number of pages19
JournalSCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS
Volume119
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • health and safety

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