Research Colloquium - Employee health and firm performance

Dienstag, 23. April 2024
15:15 bis 16:45 Uhr


Veranstaltet von
Chair of Finance

Vortragende Person/Vortragende Personen:
Alexander Schandlbauer (SDU - University of Southern Denmark)

Employee health and firm performance

Daniel A. Rettl (University of Georgia), Alexander Schandlbauer (University of Southern Denmark), Mircea Trandafir (Rockwool Foundation Research Unit and IZA)

Abstract: Using administrative data on the universe of private firms in Denmark, we find that even temporary and small health shocks to employee health like seasonal influenza can significantly reduce firm profitability. The effects are driven by labor-intensive firms and decrease in firm size and financial flexibility, suggesting that firms that are better able to shift resources can insulate themselves better. Our results indicate that employees are shielded from these negative effects, while owners (especially of small firms) see reduced dividends. Back-of-the-envelope calculations propose that all but the largest firms may benefit from subsidizing vaccination programs for their employees.