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Is innovative firm behavior correlated with age and gender composition of the workforce? Evidence from a new type of data for German enterprises

Christian Pfeifer () and Joachim Wagner ()

No 291, Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation from Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

Abstract: This empirical research note documents the relationship between composition of a firm's workforce (with a special focus on age and gender) and its performance with respect to innovative activities (outlays and employment in research and development (R&D)) for a large representative sample of enterprises from manufacturing industries in Germany using unique newly available data. We find that firms with a higher share of older workers have significantly lower proportions of R&D outlays in total revenues and of R&D employment in total employment, whereas firms with a higher share of female employment seem to be more active in R&D.

Keywords: Ageing; firm performance; gender; Germany; innovation; R&D (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 D24 J21 J24 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2012-12-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-bec, nep-cse, nep-dem, nep-eff, nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-hme, nep-ino, nep-ipr, nep-pr~, nep-knm and nep-sbm
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