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Monitoring health in Sweden. A note on the rationale for working environment regiulations

Lyttkens, Carl Hampus LU (1993) In Health Economics 2(4). p.323-332
Abstract
The quality of the working environment affects the health status of a population. In the absence of government intervention this quality would be determined by market forces, but the market outcome is generally not accepted. Instead public policy attempts to carefully monitor the level of occupational hazards, which are invariably subject to regulation in industrialized countries. However, this study demonstrates that the welfare implications of this monitoring of health are not self-evident. In the presence of a tax on labour and, for example, a tax-financed social insurance system, it is shown that market forces may lead either to excessive or to sub-optimal investments in injury prevention. Both private and (local) public safety goods... (More)
The quality of the working environment affects the health status of a population. In the absence of government intervention this quality would be determined by market forces, but the market outcome is generally not accepted. Instead public policy attempts to carefully monitor the level of occupational hazards, which are invariably subject to regulation in industrialized countries. However, this study demonstrates that the welfare implications of this monitoring of health are not self-evident. In the presence of a tax on labour and, for example, a tax-financed social insurance system, it is shown that market forces may lead either to excessive or to sub-optimal investments in injury prevention. Both private and (local) public safety goods are considered. (Less)
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Sweden, monitoring, hazards, Working environment
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Health Economics
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2
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4
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323 - 332
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John Wiley & Sons
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1099-1050
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10.1002/hec.4730020405
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English
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  author       = {Lyttkens, Carl Hampus},
  issn         = {1099-1050},
  keyword      = {Sweden,monitoring,hazards,Working environment},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {323--332},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Health Economics},
  title        = {Monitoring health in Sweden. A note on the rationale for working environment regiulations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.4730020405},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {1993},
}