KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Is innovative firm behavior correlated with age and gender composition of the workforce? Evidence from a new type of data for German enterprises
() and Joachim Wagner
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; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D22; D24; J21; J24; L25; (follow links to similar papers)
14 pages, December 6, 2012
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