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Productivity and Health: Alternative Productivity Estimates Using Physical Activity

Oladele Akogun, Andrew Dillon, Jed Friedman (), Ashesh Prasann () and Pieter Serneels ()
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Oladele Akogun: Modibbo Adama University of Technology

No 11115, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper investigates an alternative proxy for individual worker productivity in physical work settings: a direct measure of physical activity using an accelerometer. First, the paper compares worker labor outcomes, such as labor supply and daily productivity obtained from firm personnel data, with physical activity; they are strongly related. Second, the paper investigates the effect of a health intervention on physical activity, using a temporally randomized offer of malaria testing and treatment. Workers who are offered this program reallocate time from lower intensity activities in favor of higher intensity activities when they work.

Keywords: labor productivity; productivity measurement; malaria; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 J22 J24 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-eff, nep-hea and nep-lma
Date: 2017-10
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