Irrigated fields, like these in Nigeria, increase the risk of workers getting malaria.
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Health investments raise worker productivity, but firms may not observe changes in worker effort. Technology that measures physical activity demonstrates these potential gains.
Why isn’t new technology reflected in our productivity stats?
Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
In the 1950s, Ghana was twice as rich as South Korea. It has since fallen a long way behind.
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Here's what really needs to happen to make work healthier.
Heat is costing the Australian economy through productivity losses.
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Heat cost Australia nearly A$7 billion in 2014, which is bad news given climate forecasts of hotter and more frequent heatwaves.
RBA Governor Glenn Stevens has cited an increase in labour productivity - but all isn’t as it appears.
Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens has ticked off on a major item on the “to do” list for Australian policy-makers: raise the rate of growth in labour productivity. In his keynote speech…