The Age Dispersion of Workers and Firm Productivity: A Survey Approach

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Title The Age Dispersion of Workers and Firm Productivity: A Survey Approach
Author Guest, Ross; Stewart, Heather -Jane
Journal Name Australian Journal of Labour Economics
Editor Dr Boyd Hunter
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Abstract This paper investigates a tentative finding in recent literature that the age dispersion of workers matters for average firm productivity. The reason is not related to differences in the workers' age specific productivity levels. Rather it is that workers of different ages are complementary in their effects on average firm productivity. The approach is an econometric study for Australia using the only publicly available matched employee-employer data which is extracted from the AWIRS 95 survey, along with data from a small online pilot survey conducted for the purposes of this study. The results support the tentative suggestion from prior studies, using somewhat different methodologies, that a more widely dispersed workforce by age is positive for productivity. This may have implications for human resource management of firms and for public policy, for example in relation to immigration.
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Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.business.curtin.edu.au/files/324guest.pdf
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Centre for Labour Market Research. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 14
Issue Number 1
Page from 59
Page to 75
ISSN 1328-1143
Date Accessioned 2011-11-15
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41643
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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