Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 129–174 | Cite as

The Impact of Worker’s Age on the Consequences of Occupational Accidents: Empirical Evidence Using Spanish Data

  • Roberto Bande
  • Elva López-Mourelo


This paper examines the impact of worker’s age on the consequences of occupational injuries. Using data from the Spanish Statistics on Accidents at Work for 2004–2010, a probit model is estimated in order to analyse the impact of the age on the probability of suffering a severe or fatal accident. Further, a duration model is used to assess the effect of worker’s age on the length of sick leave caused by occupational injuries. The analysis shows that the probability of suffering a severe or fatal accident, as well as the duration of the sick leave, increases with the worker’s age once personal, job, and accident characteristics are controlled for. From a policy perspective, the results point out that decisions about delaying the retirement age require additional measures, such as the occupational reallocation of these older workers towards tasks with lower incidence rates, in order to minimise these effects.


Occupational accidents Ageing Sick leave 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationGAME-IDEGA, University of Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Research DepartmentInternational Labour Organization (ILO)Geneva 22Switzerland

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