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The Age-Productivity Gradient: Evidence from a Sample of F1 Drivers

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  • Fabrizio Castellucci

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    (INSEAD
    University Ca’ Foscari of Venice and CSEF)

  • Giovanni Pica

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    (Università di Salerno and CSEF)

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Aging is a global phenomenon. If older individuals are less productive, an aging working population can lower aggregate productivity, economic growth and fiscal sustainability. Therefore, understanding the age-productivity gradient is key in a aging society. However, estimating the effect of aging on productivity is a daunting task. First, it requires clean measures of productivity. Wages are not such measures to the extent that they reward other workers attributes than their productivity. Second, unobserved heterogeneity at workers, firms and workers/firms level challenges the identification of the age-productivity gradient in cross-sectional data. Longitudinal data attenuate some identification issues, but give rise to the problem of partialling out the effect of aging from the pure effect of time. Third, the study of the age-productivity link requires investigating the role of experience and of seniority. We tackle these issues by focussing on a sample of Gran Prix Formula One drivers and show that the age-productivity link has an inverted U-shape profile, with a peak at around the age of 30-32.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 226.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2009
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Publication status: Published in Labour Economics, 2011, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp. 464-473
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Keywords: Aging; individual effects; firm effects; match effects; Formula One;

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  1. Weiss M. & Börsch-Supan A., 2013. "Productivity and age: Evidence from work teams at the assembly line," ROA Research Memorandum 009, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).

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