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Do men slow down faster than women?

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  • Maennig Wolfgang

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    (University of Hamburg, Von-Melle-Park 5, D-20146 Hamburg, Ph. 0049 40 428384622)

  • Stobernack Michael

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    (Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Magdeburger Str. 50, D-14770 Brandenburg an der Havel, Ph. 0049 3381 355239)

This paper tests on differences between age-related reductions in the performance of men and women. The assumption that men age faster is obvious, because men′s life expectancy is generally lower. In addition to other studies on age-related reduction in human performance, this paper examines the data taken from competitions on rowing machines, which have been standardized worldwide. Furthermore, this study looks for any potential ageing processes specific to physique. Finally, fractional polynomials have been added to the testing methodology. Contrary to intuition, we find evidence that women are affected by faster age-related reductions in performance.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 62 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 263-278

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