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Aging And Productivity Among Economists


  • Sharon M. Oster
  • Daniel S. Hamermesh


Economists'productivity over their careers and as measured by publication in leading journals declines very sharply with age. There is no difference by age in the probability that an article submitted to a leading journal will be accepted. Rates of declining productivity are no greater among the very top publishers than among others, and the probability of acceptance is increasingly related to the author's quality rather than the author's age. © 1998 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Sharon M. Oster & Daniel S. Hamermesh, 1998. "Aging And Productivity Among Economists," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 80(1), pages 154-156, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:80:y:1998:i:1:p:154-156

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