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The impact of the business cycle on occupational injuries in the UK

Davies, Owen Rhys, Jones, Paul and Nuñez, Imanol 2009. The impact of the business cycle on occupational injuries in the UK. Social Science & Medicine 69 (2) , pp. 178-182. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.04.033

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This paper investigates the cyclical fluctuations in rates of workplace injury for the UK from 1986 to 2005. Time series analysis shows that, in aggregate terms, the rate of minor injuries is pro-cyclical whilst the rate of major injury is not affected by the level of economic activity. Analysis by sector reveals that cyclical fluctuations are sharper in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Using panel data, we find that fluctuations in both the rates of minor and major injury are related to the level of new hiring and the ratio of actual to usual hours worked. However, only minor injuries are related to variables that control for workers' bargaining power. The analysis demonstrates the importance of both compositional effects and individual reporting behaviour to understanding cyclical variations in workplace injury rates.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Workplace injury rates; Business cycles; UK; Workplace; Economic activity
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0277-9536
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:40

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