The Age Factor: Exploring Credit Allocation and Performance in Age-diverse Teams

This project investigates how leaders or supervisors consider age when attributing credit for group efforts and its implications for incentives within age-diverse teams. It also explores interactions between the supervisor’s and team members' age. As collaborative structures with diverse age groups gain prominence, understanding fair credit allocation is crucial for inclusive workplaces and addressing potential inequalities, especially in promotion or hiring. Limited evidence on age heterogeneity underscores a critical knowledge gap. Through two incentivized experiments, the project aims to fill this gap, providing insights into workplace dynamics and contributing to the discourse on age-related inequalities in diverse teams.


Stefan Traub

Prof. Dr. 
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences,
Helmut Schmidt University