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Worsening Workers' Health by Lowering Retirement Age: The Malign Consequences of a Benign Reform
In 2003, the retirement age of Swiss construction workers was lowered from 65 to 60. This reform has been intended to improve their health. Our study shows the opposite outcome. The human capital theory suggests that investments in employees’ productivity by the employer and the employees themselves depend on the time remaining until their retirement. Hence, we hypothesize that pension reforms that reduce employees’ working horizon decrease investments in work-related human capital, which translates into a higher prevalence of sickness absences, a longer absence duration, and worse...
Safety at the workplace: accidents and illnesses
The topic of work safety is a very relevant and multifaceted problem for workers, firms and policy makers. Differing from other narrow-scope studies, this article aims to enrich the understanding of workplace safety as a whole by applying econometric techniques on data from the Italian Labour Force Survey. Findings show poor working conditions are the most significant determinants of accidents and illnesses occurring at work, while having a fixed-term (temporary) contract is not significant. Other significant determinants of work safety are: not being new to the workforce; dissatisfaction with...
L’influence des conditions de travail sur les dépenses de santé
L'objectif de cette étude est d'estimer l'impact de certaines conditions de travail sur des indicateurs de dépenses de santé et de mesurer l'effet agrégé sur les dépenses de santé de la collectivité. Cette analyse empirique repose sur un échantillon de salariés âgés de 18 à 65 ans ; ces données sont issues de l'enquête Santé 2002-2003. Publié par l'IRDES (Institut de recherche et documentation en économie de la santé), mars 2011. Source : http...

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