Researchers' Career Transitions Over the Life Cycle

36 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016

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Daiji Kawaguchi

University of Tokyo - Graduate School of Economics

Ayako Kondo

University of Tokyo - Institute of Social Science

Keiji Saito

University of Tokyo

Abstract

Based on a unique time-use survey of academic researchers in Japan, this study finds that research time decreases over the life cycle. The decrease in total hours worked and the increase in time spent on administrative tasks explain the decrease in research time. We also show that the decrease of research time partly explains why the research output of older researchers' decreases. The results suggest that proper incentives and job designs for senior researchers may increase their research output.

Keywords: researchers' time use, research output, academic researchers, academic administration, education, multi-tasking

JEL Classification: J22, J24, J44

Suggested Citation

Kawaguchi, Daiji and Kondo, Ayako and Saito, Keiji, Researchers' Career Transitions Over the Life Cycle. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10080, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819361

Daiji Kawaguchi (Contact Author)

University of Tokyo - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

Tokyo
Japan

Ayako Kondo

University of Tokyo - Institute of Social Science ( email )

Hongo 7-3-1
Tokyo, TOKYO 113-0033
Japan

Keiji Saito

University of Tokyo ( email )

Hongo 7-3-1
Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 113-0033, Tokyo
Japan

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