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Does Post-Accident Drug Testing Reduce Injuries? Evidence from a Large Retail Chain

Posted: 31 Dec 2008  

Alison D. Morantz

Stanford University

Alexandre Mas

Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: fall 2008

Abstract

This study examines the effects on occupational injury claims of a recently implemented post-accident drug testing (PADT) program in a large retail chain. We find that claims have fallen significantly in affected districts, suggesting that PADT programs can reduce injury claims, even in workplaces that already utilize other forms of drug testing. Our results also suggest that some types of employees-such as full-time workers, male workers, and higher-tenure workers-are particularly responsive. Finally, we find some “circumstantial evidence” that a portion of the observed decline could be caused by employees’ reduced willingness to report workplace accidents.

Keywords: D21, H11, H51, H73, H75, I18, I38, J32, J33, J38, J81, J88, K00, K13, K31, K32, L51, M50, M52

Suggested Citation

Morantz, Alison D. and Mas, Alexandre, Does Post-Accident Drug Testing Reduce Injuries? Evidence from a Large Retail Chain (fall 2008). American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 10, Issue 2, pp. 246-302, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318092 or http://dx.doi.org/ahn012

Alison D. Morantz (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Alexandre Mas

Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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