Valuing productivity costs using the friction cost approach: Estimating friction period estimates by occupational classifications for the UK

Jesse Kigozi, Sue Jowett, Martyn Lewis, Pelham M. Barton, Joanna Coast

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Abstract

The friction cost approach has been proposed as an alternative to the human capital approach in estimating productivity costs. However, it is difficult, in practice, to apply this approach due to limited availability of context specific data. Using national and firm level data on vacancy durations sourced from four organisations, we estimated vacancy durations, and consequently length of friction period for the United Kingdom disaggregated by occupational classification. We found comparable estimates to previously reported friction periods elsewhere. The disaggregated friction period analysis confirmed occupational class has an effect on the estimated length of the friction period. The research presents estimates on vacancy durations, and friction periods necessary to use the friction cost approach in a practical way in economic evaluations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1862-1868
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Economics
Volume26
Issue number12
Early online date27 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Friction cost approach
  • Friction period
  • Vacancy duration
  • Productivity costs
  • Lost productivity

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