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Essays in applied labor economics


Wüllrich, Jean-Philippe. Essays in applied labor economics. 2011, University of Zurich, Faculty of Economics.

Abstract

This thesis sheds empirical light on three research questions which belong to the realm of applied labor economics: What is the effect of early retirement on retirees’ mortality? How does an employment quota affect firms’ demand for disabled workers? And why are fluctuations in workplace accidents pro-cyclical? Chapter 2 shows that, for some groups of workers, early retirement increases the probability of premature death. Moreover, the driving force seems to be changes in health-related behavior, such as excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. The results in chapter 3 suggest that an employment quota is favorable to firms’ demand for disabled workers. In addition, chapter 4 finds that a rise in the tax, to which firms that do not comply with the employment quota are subject, also boosts this demand. Chapter 5 provides evidence that the pro-cyclicality of workplace accidents is governed by workers’ reporting behavior.

Abstract

This thesis sheds empirical light on three research questions which belong to the realm of applied labor economics: What is the effect of early retirement on retirees’ mortality? How does an employment quota affect firms’ demand for disabled workers? And why are fluctuations in workplace accidents pro-cyclical? Chapter 2 shows that, for some groups of workers, early retirement increases the probability of premature death. Moreover, the driving force seems to be changes in health-related behavior, such as excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. The results in chapter 3 suggest that an employment quota is favorable to firms’ demand for disabled workers. In addition, chapter 4 finds that a rise in the tax, to which firms that do not comply with the employment quota are subject, also boosts this demand. Chapter 5 provides evidence that the pro-cyclicality of workplace accidents is governed by workers’ reporting behavior.

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Item Type:Dissertation
Referees:Zweimüller Josef, Winkelmann Rainer
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:April 2011
Deposited On:09 Nov 2011 11:54
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 13:53
Number of Pages:133
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod006477615 (Library Catalogue)

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