Labour Productivity and Workforce Age in Austrian ICT Manufacturing and Service Sectors

THE IMPACT OF AGEING: A COMMON CHALLENGE FOR EUROPE AND ASIA, pp. 217-234 ,Gabriele Sinigoj, Gavin Jones, Katsuiku Hirokawa, Sepp Linhart, eds., LIT International Publishing, 2007

Posted: 6 Feb 2012 Last revised: 4 Mar 2012

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Bernhard Mahlberg

Institute for Industrial Research (IWI); Vienna University of Economics and Business - Institute for Production Management

Alexia Prskawetz

Austrian Academy of Sciences - Vienna Institute of Demography

Vegard Skirbekk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

The relation between firms' productivity level and the age composition of the employees is assessed using a unique dataset from Austria. The Austrian industry is decomposed into groups belonging to different ICT categories in order to test whether age structure effects differ between ICT related industries and other sectors. We control for firm-specific characteristics (e.g. number of employees, firm type, size, etc.) as well as the composition of employee’s characteristics (including age, length and type of education, gender and occupational structure). The results are as follows: (a) No age pattern on productivity was found for the ICT producing and using industries. (b) Other industries show a hump-shaped age profile.

Keywords: age-productivity profil, matched employer employee dataset, ICT industry

JEL Classification: J11, J24, J82

Suggested Citation

Mahlberg, Bernhard and Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Alexia and Skirbekk, Vegard, Labour Productivity and Workforce Age in Austrian ICT Manufacturing and Service Sectors. THE IMPACT OF AGEING: A COMMON CHALLENGE FOR EUROPE AND ASIA, pp. 217-234 ,Gabriele Sinigoj, Gavin Jones, Katsuiku Hirokawa, Sepp Linhart, eds., LIT International Publishing, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1999362

Bernhard Mahlberg (Contact Author)

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Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

Austrian Academy of Sciences - Vienna Institute of Demography ( email )

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Vienna, 1040
Austria

Vegard Skirbekk

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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