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Productivity and health : alternative productivity estimates using physical activity (English)

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.

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Akogun,Oladele B Dillon,Andrew S. Friedman,Jed Prasann,Ashesh Serneels,Pieter Maria

Productivity and health : alternative productivity estimates using physical activity (English). Policy Research working paper,no. WPS 8228,Paper is funded by the Strategic Research Program (SRP) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/570501509367049786/Productivity-and-health-alternative-productivity-estimates-using-physical-activity