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a colleague has the following questions about age, productivity, and social

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Skirbekk, Vegard
> Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 3:49 PM
> To:   Buehler, Christoph
> Subject:
> Dear Christian,
> I am working on 'age and productivity' at the moment, and was wondering if
> I should take social networks into account for my project. With respect to
> this, I have some questions, which I hope you can help me with.
> - Would you have any knowledge on studies regarding age and social
> networks which affect jobs and productivity? E.g., whether some of the
> reasons why a 50 year old earns more than a 30 year old can be attributed
> to differences in size/quality of social networks?
> - Are there any studies on the negative effects on productivity of large
> and/or time-consuming networks, e.g., that workers may otherwise
> productive time to keep up social relations, etc.? In particular with
> respect to individual contribution to firm's value-added.
> - Also of interest is whether older individuals become less productive
> within firms, due to shrinking networks. E.g., when they in their 60s
> witness that many of their contacts leave the workforce so that their
> social network is decreasing (so they then no longer can consult them in
> order to solve problems and increase profits).
> I would be thankful if you could help me with this!
> Vegard
> Vegard Skirbekk
> Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
> Doberaner Str. 114, 18057 Rostock - Germany
> +49 381 2081-249 (phone)
> +49 381 2081-549 (fax)