Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/49997
Authors: 
Göbel, Christian
Zwick, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 11-058
Abstract: 
In most industrialised countries, the workforce is ageing rapidly. If ageing workforces affect sectors differently, the total impact of ageing will depend on the industrial structure of an economy. This paper measures the impact of changes in the age structure of establishments on productivity using representative linked employeremployee panel data. We argue that establishment age-productivity profiles might differ for various reasons. For example, the importance of physical strength and possibilities to compensate deficits in skills differ between sectors. We investigate differences in the age-productivity profiles between the (metal) manufacturing and services sectors. However, in our preferred specification that controls for several potential sources of estimation biases, we find no significant differences in the ageproductivity profiles between these sectors.
Subjects: 
Ageing workforce
age
productivity
linked employer employee data
sectors
JEL: 
J11
J14
J21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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