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Mobbing and workers’ health: empirical analysis for Spain

M. Angeles Carnero (Fundamentos del Ana´lisis Econo´mico, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
Blanca Martínez (Department of Quantitative Economics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
Rocı´o Sa´nchez‐Mangas (Department of Quantitative Economics, Universidad Auto´noma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 8 June 2012




The purpose of the paper is to evaluate the effect of mobbing in workers’ health.


Using a dataset of Spanish workers from the VI Spanish Survey on Working Conditions, the authors identify mobbed and not mobbed workers and use two different health indicators: the worker's perception that work affects health, and the presence of bad health symptoms. The authors analyze the incidence of both indicators in mobbed and not mobbed workers then estimate an econometric model to explain the probability of suffering bad health in terms of mobbing and a set of job and workers’ characteristics. The authors deal with the potential endogeneity of mobbing.


It is found that, regardless of the health indicator used, the probability of suffering bad health is significantly higher among mobbed workers than among those not being mobbed. Moreover, when the health indicator is based on the worker's perception, not taking into account the endogeneity of mobbing leads to underestimation of its effect on health.

Practical implications

The results can be of interest for workers, firms and policy makers in charge of designing policies related to working conditions. Given the well‐known link between worker's health and productivity, the paper's results can have implications from the economic point of view.


To the authors’ knowledge, this paper is the first attempt to empirically analyze the relationship between mobbing and health at Spanish workplaces.



Angeles Carnero, M., Martínez, B. and Sa´nchez‐Mangas, R. (2012), "Mobbing and workers’ health: empirical analysis for Spain", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 33 No. 3, pp. 322-339.



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