Will You Still Need Me - When I'm 64?

28 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2009

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Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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For various reasons the relationship between age and productivity is a matter of policy concern. I present new empirical research showing how productivity is affected by age. I study age effects at the individual level by analyzing data on running and publishing in economic journals. Furthermore I present empirical evidence at the firm level on the relationship between age, wage and productivity. In particular I address the potential wage-productivity gap that might occur at higher ages. I conclude that the productivity of older workers indeed decreases with their age. Nevertheless, the decline is limited. Furthermore, I find no evidence of a pay-productivity at higher ages.

Keywords: age, productivity, matched worker-firm data

JEL Classification: J14, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., Will You Still Need Me - When I'm 64?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4264, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434578 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1434578

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University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010

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