Aging: a fountain of youth for productivity growth

Aging: a fountain of youth for productivity growth

Explanations abound for why almost all markets are plagued by declining productivity growth. But one often overlooked factor is the age structure of the workforce. Aging is usually associated with slower productivity growth but the U.S. experience shows that workers aged 40 to 49 are the most productive cohort. Their share in the workforce helped shaped the U.S. productivity growth rate in the years between 1980 and 2000.

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