This study explores the relationship between the scale of health and safety (H&S) activity undertaken by businesses and their economic performance. The objective is to measure whether increased H&S activity encourages investment in human and physical capital, thereby leading to an increase in productivity at both firm and industry levels. A gross output multi-industry approach has been adopted, in which growth in each industry's gross output is decomposed into the contributions from changes in capital services, labour and other inputs, with the residual defined as total factor productivity. The study then examines whether investment in health and safety explains some of the residual productivity.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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