Journal article

Health Economics of the Workplace: Workplace Accidents and Effects of Job Loss and Retirement

Jan C van Ours

Oxford Encyclopedia of Health Economics | Oxford University Press | Published : 2019


There are three main topics in research on the effects of work on health. The first topic is workplace accidents where the main issues are reporting behavior and workplace safety policies. A worker seems to be less inclined to report a workplace accident for fear of job loss when unemployment is high or when the worker has a temporary contract that may not be renewed. Workplace safety legislation has intended to reduce the incidence and severity of workplace accidents but empirical evidence on this result is unclear. The second topic is employment and health where the focus is on how job characteristics and job loss affect health, in particular mental health. Ph..

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