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Document ID (ISN)110456
CIS number 10-0014
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kankaanpää E.
Title Economic incentives as a policy tool to promote safety and health at work
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.36, No.4, p.319-324 Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract This review article discusses various types of incentives for promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) in light of economic theory and evidence from research. Governments can subsidize employers' investments in OSH with subsidies and tax structures. These incentives are successful only if the demand for OSH responds to the change in the price of OSH investments and if the suppliers of OSH are able to increase their production smoothly, failing which the subsidy will only lead to higher prices for OSH goods. Both public and private insurance companies can differentiate insurance premiums according to past claims. There is evidence that this can effectively lower the frequency of claims, but not the severity of cases. Policy implications of these and other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) programme evaluation; plant safety and health organization; role of government; role of insurance institutions; cost-benefit analysis
Descriptors (secondary) reliability; economic aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Workplace health promotion