The study looked at productivity in workers between the ages of 60 and 74 and compared them to those aged 25 to 59. Males in the older group earned 22% more, while women in the older group made 10% more. The findings come from economist Gary Burtless, and economists tend to equate productivity with wages (which is questionable).
The problem with this study is clear -- older workers are likely to make more money simply because they have been in a job for a longer period of time. This usually means they have already been through many performance reviews, promotions and pay raises. However, there are a few reasons why these older workers may in fact be more productive.
Thanks to the digital age, younger workers are always in the pursuit of instant gratification -- which can cause them to ignore work for long-term projects while focusing on the tasks that give them a sense of accomplishment. Younger generations also seem to be more distracted. With the Internet and portable devices, there are more distractions than ever. Many just can't help but send a Twitter update, check their Facebook news feeds or watch a few adorable animal videos during the work day.