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Title:Do men slow down faster than women? PDF Logo
Authors:Maennig, Wolfgang
Stobernack, Michael
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Hamburg contemporary economic discussions 38
Abstract:This paper is the first test of differences between age-related reductions in the performance of men and women. The assumption that men age faster is obvious, because men's life expectancy is generally lower. In addition to other studies on age-related reduction in human performance, this paper examines the data taken from competitions on rowing machines, which have been standardized worldwide and which are hardly affected by weather or temperature. A third innovation is that this study looks for any potential ageing processes specific to gender and physique. Fourth, fractional polynomials have been added to the testing methodology. Contrary to intuition, we find evidence that women are affected by faster age-related reductions in performance.
Subjects:labor productivity
ageing economics
economics of gender
JEL:J16
J24
ISBN:978-3-940369-89-5
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Hamburg Contemporary Economic Discussions, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftspolitik, Universität Hamburg

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