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Seminar by Marianne Simonsen

SALA SEMINARI – 1° PIANO, PALAZZO LEVI CASES, VIA DEL SANTO 33 - ORE 12.30

13.11.2018

Seminar by Marianne Simonsen, Aahrus University

Title “Healthy at Work? Evidence from a Social Experimental Evaluation of a Firm-based Wellness Program (co-authored by L. Skipper)

AbstractAn increasing number of firms and governments sees worksite health promotion programs as one way to improve employee health and well-being and through this lower absenteeism, increase productivity, and control health care spending. This paper employs a social experiment combined with register-based data to evaluate a comprehensive employer-sponsored health and well-being program, rolled out to about 7,500 healthcare workers in Denmark. The experiment took place over two years (2008-2009), involved in excess of 100 employers, and covered more than 300 work-units. The program consisted of health screening and exercises during working hours as well as shorter courses on promotion of healthy living targeted towards key employees. We find that individuals randomized into the program pay fewer visits to their primary care physician, especially those who received preventative care consultations and thus were considered at risk prior to the randomization. These effects persist both during the course of the program but also in the medium-run. At the same time we find no evidence that the program was successful in improving the primary managerial goals associated with the intervention, namely absenteeism and turnover. With no substantial health benefits, it appears that the reductions in publicly provided primary care utilization are largely due to offset effects.