Productivity and the Age Composition of Work Teams: Evidence from the Assembly Line

MEA Discussion Paper No. 148-07

36 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2009 Last revised: 30 Jun 2009

See all articles by Axel H. Börsch-Supan

Axel H. Börsch-Supan

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA)

Matthias Weiss

MEA, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy; Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Date Written: December 15, 2008

Abstract

This paper studies the relation between workers' age and their productivity in work teams. We explore a unique data set that combines data on errors occurring in the production process of a large car manufacturer with detailed information on the personal characteristics of workers responsible for the errors. We do not find evidence that productivity declines with age.

Keywords: Age-Productivity Profiles

JEL Classification: J24, J14, D24

Suggested Citation

Börsch-Supan, Axel H. and Weiss, Matthias, Productivity and the Age Composition of Work Teams: Evidence from the Assembly Line (December 15, 2008). MEA Discussion Paper No. 148-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1335390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1335390

Axel H. Börsch-Supan

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