How does the age structure of worker flows affect firm performance?
Pekka Ilmakunnas () and
Mika Maliranta ()
Journal of Productivity Analysis, 2016, vol. 46, issue 1, No 4, 43-62
Abstract We develop a method for decomposing firm performance to impacts coming from the inflows and outflows of workers and apply it to study whether older workers are costly to firms. Our estimation equations are derived from a variant of the decomposition methods frequently used for measuring micro-level sources of industry productivity growth. By using comprehensive linked employer–employee data, we study the productivity and wage effects, and hence the profitability effects, of the hiring and separation of younger and older workers. The evidence shows that the separations of older workers are profitable to firms, especially in the manufacturing ICT-industries. To account for the correlation of the worker flows and productivity shocks we first estimate the shocks from a production function using materials as a proxy variable. In the second step the estimated shock is used as a control variable in our productivity, wage, and profitability equations.
Keywords: Aging; Productivity; Wage; Profits; Hiring; Separation; Employer–employee data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J23 J24 J63 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (3) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11123-016-0471-5 Abstract (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:kap:jproda:v:46:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s11123-016-0471-5
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... cs/journal/11123/PS2
Access Statistics for this article
Journal of Productivity Analysis is currently edited by William Greene, Chris O'Donnell and Victor Podinovski
More articles in Journal of Productivity Analysis from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().