Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35725
Authors: 
Lallemand, Thierry
Rycx, François
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3938
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the effects of the workforce age structure on the productivity of large Belgian firms. More precisely, it examines different scenarios of changes in the proportion of young (16-29 years), middle-aged (30-49 years) and old (more than 49 years) workers and their expected effects on firm productivity. Using detailed matched employer-employee data, we find that a higher share of young (old) workers within firms is favourable (harmful) for firm value added per capita. Results also show that age structure effects on productivity are stronger in ICT than in non-ICT firms.
Subjects: 
Firm performance
workforce age structure
demographic changes
JEL: 
J21
J31
L25
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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