Productivity and Health: Alternative Productivity Estimates Using Physical Activity

40 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2017

See all articles by Oladele Akogun

Oladele Akogun

Modibbo Adama University of Technology

Andrew Dillon

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jed Friedman

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

Ashesh Prasann

World Bank

Pieter M. Serneels

University of Oxford - Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)

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

JEL Classification: I12, J22, J24, O12

Suggested Citation

Akogun, Oladele and Dillon, Andrew and Friedman, Jed Arnold and Prasann, Ashesh and Serneels, Pieter M., Productivity and Health: Alternative Productivity Estimates Using Physical Activity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11115. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3069458

Oladele Akogun (Contact Author)

Modibbo Adama University of Technology

P.M.B 2076
Yola
Nigeria

Andrew Dillon

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Jed Arnold Friedman

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

1818 H. Street, N.W.
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Washington, DC 20433
United States

World Bank Group ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Ashesh Prasann

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Pieter M. Serneels

University of Oxford - Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) ( email )

Oxford OX1 3UL
United Kingdom

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