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Ageing, productivity and wages in Austria: sector level evidence

Bernhard Mahlberg (), Inga Freund and Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz

Empirica, 2013, vol. 40, issue 4, 561-584

Abstract: In this paper we analyse the link between the age structure of the labour force and average labour productivity as well as average wage across industrial sectors. While this intermediate economic level has been under-explored up to now, we will argue that it provides valuable insights in several respects. Our analysis is based on a panel data set ranging over 6 years (2002–2007). It covers the sectors of mining, manufacturing and market oriented services in the Austrian economy. Our results exhibit a positive correlation of the share of older employees and productivity, whereas we cannot find any evidence for a significant relationship of the share of younger employees and productivity. Moreover, the estimated age-wage pattern does not hint at an over-payment of older employees. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Keywords: Ageing workforce; Production function; Age-productivity profile; Age-wage pattern; J14; J24; J82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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