Ageing and Productivity: Introduction

18 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2013

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David E. Bloom

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alfonso Sousa-Poza

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Population ageing will be the dominant feature of the world's demographic landscape in the coming decades, raising concerns about labor productivity and about economic outcomes at both the individual, enterprise, and macro levels. The articles in this special issue of Labour Economics define and address key issues with respect to the interplay of ageing, workforce productivity, and economic performance. Taken as a whole, the articles dispel some of the concerns, sharpen our understanding of others, and highlight behavioural changes, business practice adaptations, and public policy reforms that can offset the economic effects of population ageing.

Keywords: ageing, productivity

JEL Classification: J11, J14, J18

Suggested Citation

Bloom, David E. and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso, Ageing and Productivity: Introduction. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7205, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2219130

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