Do older workers lower IT-enabled productivity? : firm-level evidence from Germany


Bertschek, Irene ; Meyer, Jenny


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2254
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-22540
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2008
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: J14 J24 O33 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Älterer Arbeitnehmer , Computerunterstütztes Verfahren , Informationstechnik , Produktivität , Unternehmensentwicklung
Keywords (English): labour productivity , information technology , older workers
Abstract: The paper provides empirical evidence for the question whether firms' ITenabled labour productivity is affected by the age structure of the workforce. We apply a production function approach with heterogenous labour to firmlevel data from German manufacturing and services industries. We find that workers older than 49 are not significantly less productive than prime age workers, whereas workers younger than 30 are significantly less productive than prime age workers. Older workers using a computer are significantly more productive than older non-computer users. The positive and significant relationship between labour productivity and IT intensity is not affected by the proportion of older workers.
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