Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123462
Authors: 
Huber, Martin
Lechner, Michael
Wunsch, Conny
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WWZ Discussion Paper 2014/06
Abstract: 
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 out­comes 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.
Subjects: 
Firm health policies
health circles
health courses
analysis of sickness absenteeism
matching
JEL: 
I10
I19
J32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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