Empirical evaluations of health promotion and part time work schemes in companies

In two recent articles, Prof. M. Huber (University of Fribourg), Prof. M. Lechner (University of St. Gallen), and Prof. C. Wunsch (University of Basel) used a large German data set containing linked employer-employee information over time to investigate the effectiveness of company-provided health promotion measures and part time work schemes for elderly employees. Applying flexible statistical evaluation methods, their results suggest that the provision of health courses or health circles increases job stability and tenure (time spent with the current employer) of employees across various age groups. A further finding is that health circles/courses strengthen the labour force participation of elderly employees (51–60).  Finally, also part time work schemes for elderly workers, which can be regarded as phased retirement options, appear to increase the labour force participation (employment and earnings) of the targeted elderly employees in the transition period from working to full retirement. However, the timing of (full) retirement remains largely unchanged.  Both types of company-provided measures thus imply potential cost savings for public transfer schemes such as unemployment insurance payments. The articles are currently in press in the “Journal of Health Economics” and the “Industrial and Labor Relations Review”, respectively.

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