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  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Tilburg University)

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For various reasons the relationship between age and productivity is a matter of policy concern. I present new empirical research showing how productivity is affected by age. I study age effects at the individual level by analyzing data on running and publishing in economic journals. Furthermore I present empirical evidence at the firm level on the relationship between age, wage and productivity. In particular I address the potential wage-productivity gap that might occur at higher ages. I conclude that the productivity of older workers indeed decreases with their age. Nevertheless, the decline is limited. Furthermore, I find no evidence of a pay-productivity at higher ages.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4264.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: published in: De Economist, 2009, 157(4), 441-460
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4264

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Keywords: productivity; matched worker-firm data; age;

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  1. Age & productivity
    by chris dillow in Stumbling and Mumbling on 2009-07-14 08:53:42
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  1. Karsten Wasiluk, 2014. "Technology Adoption and Demographic Change," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2014-05, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
  2. Nicole Bosch & Bas ter Weel, 2013. "Labour-Market Outcomes of Older Workers in the Netherlands: Measuring Job Prospects Using the Occupational Age Structure," De Economist, Springer, vol. 161(2), pages 199-218, June.
  3. Mahlberg, Bernhard & Freund, Inga & Crespo Cuaresma, Jesús & Prskawetz, Alexia, 2013. "Ageing, productivity and wages in Austria," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 5-15.
  4. van Ours, Jan C. & Stoeldraijer, Lenny, 2010. "Age, Wage and Productivity," IZA Discussion Papers 4765, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Göbel, Christian & Zwick, Thomas, 2013. "Are personnel measures effective in increasing productivity of old workers?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 80-93.

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