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Do Men Slow Down Faster than Women?

  • Wolfgang Maennig

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    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

  • Michael Stobernack

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    (Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Fachhochschule Brandenburg, Department of Business Administration)

This paper is the first test of 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 and which are hardly affected by weather or temperature. A third innovation is that this study looks for any potential ageing processes specific to gender and physique. Fourth, 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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Paper provided by Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg in its series Working Papers with number 038.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2010
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Publication status: Published in Hamburg Contemporary Economic Discussions, Issue 38, 2010
Handle: RePEc:hce:wpaper:038
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