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Bantekas, Apostolos
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Rezagholi, M. & Bantekas, A. (2015). Making Economic Social Decisions for Improving Occupational Health: A Predictive Cost-Benefit Analysis. Occupational Medicine & Health Affairs, 3(6), Article ID 225.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making Economic Social Decisions for Improving Occupational Health: A Predictive Cost-Benefit Analysis
2015 (English)In: Occupational Medicine & Health Affairs, ISSN 1463-502X, E-ISSN 2329-6879, Vol. 3, no 6, article id 225Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The few studies attempting to estimate costs of work-related disorders suffer from poor applied methodologies. Further, as the costs are often limited to the company, decisions about investment in improving the work environment are made at the company level. However, economic decisions on changing work environments and improving occupational health need to be made at the societal level. In an economic social decision, all direct and indirect costs imposed on society by work-related disorders are considered, regardless of who pays which cost. This study introduces and demonstrates a methodology appropriate for economic decisions at the societal level for preventing work-related disorders and promoting occupational health in the workplace. The methodology uses the concept of human capital in assessing productivity loss associated with the disorders. The empirical results show that Swedish society could have gained up to 442 855 537 SEK by preventing work-related disorders at the Swedish company Sandvik Materials Technology during 2014, 87% of which would have been captured by the company.

Keywords
Work environment; Risk factors; Absenteeism; Work capacity; Illness-related costs; Economic evaluation
National Category
Occupational Health and Environmental Health Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20979 (URN)10.4172/2329-6879.1000225 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved
Rezagholi, M. & Bantekas, A. (2014). Optimizing the fraction of expensive direct measurements in an exposure assessment study. International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research, 3(1), 44-54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Optimizing the fraction of expensive direct measurements in an exposure assessment study
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research, ISSN 1929-6029, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 44-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When designing studies to assess occupational and environmental exposures, one persistent decision problem is the selection between two technical methods, where one is expensive but efficient and the other is cheap but inefficient. While a few studies have attempted to determine the relatively more cost-efficient design between two technical methods, no successful study has optimized the fraction of the expensive efficient technical method in a combined technique intended for long-run exposure assessment studies. The purpose of this study was therefore to optimize the fraction of the expensive efficient measurements by resolving a precision-requiring cost minimization problem. For an indefinite total number of measurements, the total cost of a working posture assessment study was minimized by performing only direct measurements. However, for a definite total number of measurements, the use of combined techniques in assessing the posture could be optimal, depending on the constraints placed on the precision and on the research budget.

Keywords
combined technique, cost function, productive efficiency, cost savings, marginal cost-benefit ratio, diseconomies of scale
National Category
Occupational Health and Environmental Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-12679 (URN)10.6000/1929-6029.2014.03.01.6 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-08-27 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Lövblad, M. & Bantekas, A. (2010). What Do You Expect?: The Effect of Psychological Contracts on Affective Commitment in Industrial Marketing Relationships. Journal of Relationship Marketing, 9(3), 161-178
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What Do You Expect?: The Effect of Psychological Contracts on Affective Commitment in Industrial Marketing Relationships
2010 (English)In: Journal of Relationship Marketing, ISSN 1533-2667, E-ISSN 1533-2675, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 161-178Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Affective relationship commitment has in several studies been identified as a crucial factor in the longevity of business relationships. In this article, it is argued that affective commitment should be researched on the individual level rather than the organizational level and that relevant psychological processes need to be incorporated into theory in order to increase understanding regarding the dynamics of this aspect of relationship commitment. The psychological contract, a construct derived from organizational psychology, is tested as an antecedent to affective commitment in relationships between buyers and sellers in the market for industrial supplies in Sweden. The findings indicate that the relational orientation of the psychological contract, as well as the evaluation of the same, has explanatory value when related to affective commitment in business-to-business relationships.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2010
Keywords
balance, dyadic relationships, relational, social exchange theory, transactional
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-7402 (URN)10.1080/15332667.2010.502009 (DOI)2-s2.0-77956051482 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2010-08-26 Created: 2010-08-26 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved
Bantekas, A. (2008). Multifactor productivity in the Construction Industry Under Imperfect Competition. The ICFAI University Journal of Industrial Economics, 5(3), 7-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Multifactor productivity in the Construction Industry Under Imperfect Competition
2008 (English)In: The ICFAI University Journal of Industrial Economics, ISSN 0972-9208, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 7-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study suggests a generalization of the standard translog cost function model, incorporating the demand side of the market into the analysis. The main advantage of this generalized model is that it can be used to directly investigate the degree of monopoly power in the market under study, using the Lerner index as the empirical measure of market power. The Swedish construction industry is used as an empirical example of how to apply this method. Within the framework of the neoclassical theory of production, cost and factor demand functions as well as an expression equating marginal cost to marginal revenue are estimated. The paper finds substitutability between capital and labor and between labor and materials, the returns to scale are found to be increasing, while introduction of new technology is found to reduce the total cost of production. Finally, on average, the Lerner index amounts to 15.1% per annum suggesting that the Swedish construction industry possesses some monopoly power in the market for its product. This result also suggests that the results from cost function analysis, not taking the possibility of market power into account, might be biased due to misspecification of the model.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hyderabad-500 082: The Icfai University Press, 2008
Keywords
Imperfect competition, Lerner index, translog cost function, productivity analysis
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-7392 (URN)
Available from: 2010-08-25 Created: 2010-08-25 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
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