Age, Wage and Productivity

48 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2010

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Jan C. van Ours

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

Lenny Stoeldraijer

Tilburg University

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Date Written: February 2010


Previous empirical studies on the effect of age on productivity and wages find contradicting results. Some studies find that if workers grow older there is an increasing gap between productivity and wages, i.e. wages increase with age while productivity does not or does not increase at the same pace. However, other studies find no evidence of such an age related pay-productivity gap. We perform an analysis of the relationship between age, wage and productivity using a matched worker-firm panel dataset from Dutch manufacturing covering the period 2000-2005. We find little evidence of an age related pay-productivity gap.

Keywords: age, wage, productivity

JEL Classification: J23, J31

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Stoeldraijer, Lenny, Age, Wage and Productivity (February 2010). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2965, Available at SSRN:

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Lenny Stoeldraijer

Tilburg University ( email )

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Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE

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