Life-cycle, effort and academic deadwood
Research output: Working paper › Discussion paper
|Name||Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics|
|Publisher||University of Dundee|
It has been observed that university professors sometimes become less research active in their mature years. This paper models the decision to become inactive as a utility maximising problem under conditions of uncertainty and derives an age-dependent inactivity condition for the level of research productivity. The economic analysis is applicable to other professions as well were work effort is difficult to observe along some dimensions.