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Does research activity decline with age?

Does research activity decline with age?

Title: Does research activity decline with age?
Author: Zoega, Gylfi   orcid.org/0000-0002-7293-4596
Date: 2017-06-16
Language: English
Scope: 103-117
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Social Sciences (UI)
Department: Hagfræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Economics (UI)
Series: Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla;13(1)
ISSN: 1670-6803
1670-679X (eISSN)
DOI: 10.13177/irpa.a.2017.13.1.5
Subject: Tenure; Work effect; Starfsfólk; Kennarar; Framleiðni; Vinnuálag; Starfslok
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/656

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Gylfi Zoega. (2017). Does research activity decline with age?. Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla;13(1), 103-117. doi:10.13177/irpa.a.2017.13.1.5


Several economic models predict that effort may decline as retirement approaches. These models are reviewed and data from the University of Iceland used to measure how research productivity of members of staff depends on age. We find support for the hypothesis that men are at a greater risk of becoming inactive when they approach retirement. Moreover, men tend to be more research active than women in their thirties and forties but lose their edge in their fifties and sixties. Finally, we detect a cohort effect such that later cohorts are more productive than earlier ones.


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