Age and Productivity: An Analysis at the Plant and the Team Level

Pekka Ilmakunnas*, Jan Van Ours, Vegard Skirbekk, Matthias Weiss

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This chapter presents and compares results from two studies that analyse the same research questions with different data sets. The first study analyses data on productivity at the level of work teams in one single plant. The tasks in this plant are rather homogeneous and age-productivity profiles can be estimated fairly precisely. But the results cannot be generalized to other parts of the economy. The other study analyses the Finnish Linked Employer Employee Data (FLEED), which provide information on productivity at the plant level for the Finnish economy. At this aggregate level, ageproductivity profiles are obviously cruder. On the other hand, the results apply to a large part of the entire Finnish economy and can easily be generalized to other developed economies. The linked data also make it possible to compare productivity and wage profiles by age.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgeing, Health, and Productivity
Subtitle of host publicationThe Economics of Increased Life Expectancy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191595370
ISBN (Print)9780199587131
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Age-productivity profiles
  • Finland
  • Productivity
  • Single plant
  • Wage profiles
  • Work teams

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