How Productive Is Workplace Health and Safety?

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

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the causal impact of workplace health and safety practices on firm performance, using Danish longitudinal matched employer–employee data merged with unique cross-sectional representative firm survey data on work environment conditions. We estimate standard production functions, augmented with workplace environment indicators, addressing both time-invariant 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”.
In this paper, we investigate the causal impact of workplace health and safety practices on firm performance, using Danish longitudinal matched employer–employee data merged with unique cross-sectional representative firm survey data on work environment conditions. We estimate standard production functions, augmented with workplace environment indicators, addressing both time-invariant 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”.
LanguageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume119
Issue number4
Pages1086-1104
ISSN0347-0520
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Firm performance
  • Job quality
  • Production function estimation
  • Work environment

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Buhai, I. Sebastian ; Cottini, Elena ; Westergaard-Nielsen, Niels. / How Productive Is Workplace Health and Safety?. In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 2017 ; Vol. 119, No. 4. pp. 1086-1104
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How Productive Is Workplace Health and Safety? / Buhai, I. Sebastian; Cottini, Elena; Westergaard-Nielsen, Niels.

In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 119, No. 4, 2017, p. 1086-1104.

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