Too old to change? The link between Age, Wage Differentials and Job Mobility

The reduced job mobility of older employees is well known. As a result, the ageing of the workforce has clear implications for labor turnover in Germany. On the basis of the IAB’s employee survey (Beschaeftigtenstichprobe) (IABS), this article analyses the impact of age on (inter-firm) job mobility. In particular, the study answers the following question: how do wage differentials between an actual and a potential job evolve during employees’ working lives? It is shown that changing jobs is less profitable for older workers than it is for younger ones. However, the analysis also demonstrates that the wage differential between jobs cannot explain the whole mobility advantage of younger employees.

01. July 2007

Authors Lutz Schneider

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