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Productivity and health: alternative productivity estimates using physical activity

Oladele B Akogun, Andrew S. Dillon, Jed Friedman, Ashesh Prasann, Pieter Maria Serneels, Oladele B Akogun, Andrew S. Dillon, Jed Friedman, Ashesh Prasann and Pieter Maria Serneels
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Pieter M. Serneels (), Andrew Dillon, Ashesh Prasann () and Jed Friedman ()

No 8228, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

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: Communicable Diseases; Malaria; Cholera; Leprosy; Health Care Services Industry; Energy and Environment; Energy Demand; Energy and Mining; Labor Markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-10-30
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