Can older workers stay productive? The role of ICT skills and training

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This paper quantitatively examines the effects of aging on labor productivity using individual worker data in Korea. We find that information and communications technology (ICT) skills and participation in job-related training can help older workers stay productive. The estimation results present that ICT skills, a measure incorporating an individual's proficiency in ICT skills and their utilization in the workplace, has a positive effect on the wages of the older workers aged 50–64 with a high level of education or in a skill-intensive occupation. Job training also has a significant positive effect on the wages of older workers. These results imply that compared to younger workers, well-educated older workers can obtain greater productivity increase through ICT skill attainment and their adequate use, and job-training. The evidence suggests that a productivity decrease in line with the aging process can be mitigated by training aging workers to equip themselves with ICT skills.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101438
JournalJournal of Asian Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank two anonymous reviewers, Bruce Chapman, Jongsuk Han, Tomoo Kikuchi, Jinill Kim, Warwick McKibbin, Kwanho Shin, and the conference participants at Australian National University and Korea University for their helpful comments. This research was supported by a Korea University Grant (K2009301) and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing (ARC Grant number CE170100005).

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  • Aging
  • Education
  • Information and communications technology
  • Productivity
  • Skill
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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