On November 29 and 30, 2012, the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) hosted the International Symposium on the Challenges of Workplace Injury Prevention through Financial Incentives. More than 180 researchers, students, policy-makers, members of the injured worker community, employer representatives, worker representatives and other stakeholders—primarily from Ontario, but also from other parts of Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand—came together in Toronto to participate in the symposium. The aim was to provide a forum to discuss the social, economic and policy implications of using financial incentives as a mechanism for preventing workplace injuries.
The symposium was organized and co-hosted by IWH’s Dr. Emile Tompa and Dr. Ellen MacEachen.
Dr. Emile Tompa is a labour and health economist and a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He holds appointments as an associate professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University, an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a mentor with the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention, also at the University of Toronto. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Tompa holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia, an MA in economics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in economics from McMaster University.
Dr. Ellen MacEachen is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. She holds appointments as an associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, a mentor with the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention, and an academic fellow with the Centre for Critical Qualitative Enquiry, all at the University of Toronto. She is an associate editor with the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and past-president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. MacEachen has an MSc in rehabilitation science from Queen’s University and a PhD in public health from the University of Toronto.
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Reconsidering truisms: The case of experience rating (Alan Clayton)
Employer and worker perspectives on financial incentives (Marion Endicott and John Macnamara)
Reflections on workers' compensation and occupational health and safety (Terence G. Ison)
Trends and costs over time
Incentives, behaviours and outcomes
What can we learn about prevention incentives from behavioural economics? (Marianne Levitsky)
Workers’ compensation financial incentives (Xuguang Guo)
Workers’ compensation experience rating and return to work (Seth Seabury)
Types and extent of incentives
Occupational disease and experience rating: A New Zealand case study (Hazel Armstrong)
Experience rating in the Quebec workers’ compensation system (Katherine Lippel)
Evidence synthesis: Opening up avenues of inquiry
Lived experience of the harmful effects of experience rating (Marion Endicott)
Experience rating and workplace behaviour
Lived experiences of experience rating in Ontario (The Women of Inspiration)
Experience rating design: The source of some problems
Employer financial incentive programs: Newfoundland and Labrador’s experience (Brenda Greenslade)
Alternative financial incentive programs
Funding a compensation system: A labour point of view (Jean Dussault)