Is innovative firm behavior correlated with age and gender composition of the workforce? Evidence from a new type of data for German enterprises

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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
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal for Labour Market Research
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2014