Productivity and Health: Alternative Productivity Estimates Using Physical Activity

40 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2017 Last revised: 27 Apr 2018

See all articles by Oladele B. Akogun

Oladele B. Akogun

Modibbo Adama University of Technology

Andrew Dillon

Michigan State University

Jed Friedman

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); World Bank Group

Ashesh Prasann

World Bank

Pieter M. Serneels

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Date Written: October 30, 2017

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

Suggested Citation

Akogun, Oladele B. and Dillon, Andrew and Friedman, Jed Arnold and Prasann, Ashesh and Serneels, Pieter M., Productivity and Health: Alternative Productivity Estimates Using Physical Activity (October 30, 2017). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8228. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3064991

Oladele B. Akogun (Contact Author)

Modibbo Adama University of Technology

P.M.B 2076
Yola, Yola Adamawa State
Nigeria

Andrew Dillon

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Jed Arnold Friedman

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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World Bank Group ( email )

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Ashesh Prasann

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Pieter M. Serneels

University of East Anglia (UEA) ( email )

Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

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