Age and Productivity – Sector Differences?

38 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2011

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Christian Goebel

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics; Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Date Written: October 26, 2011

Abstract

In most industrialised countries, the workforce is ageing rapidly. If ageing workforces affect sectors differently, the total impact of ageing will depend on the industrial structure of an economy. This paper measures the impact of changes in the age structure of establishments on productivity using representative linked employeremployee panel data. We argue that establishment age-productivity profiles might differ for various reasons. For example, the importance of physical strength and possibilities to compensate deficits in skills differ between sectors. We investigate differences in the age-productivity profiles between the (metal) manufacturing and services sectors. However, in our preferred specification that controls for several potential sources of estimation biases, we find no significant differences in the ageproductivity profiles between these sectors.

Keywords: ageing workforce, age, productivity, linked employer employee data, sectors

JEL Classification: J11, J14, J21

Suggested Citation

Goebel, Christian and Zwick, Thomas, Age and Productivity – Sector Differences? (October 26, 2011). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 11-058. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949643 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1949643

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Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics ( email )

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