Productivity and Health: Alternative Productivity Estimates Using Physical Activity
40 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2017 Last revised: 27 Apr 2018
Date Written: October 30, 2017
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
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