Would a younger president be more productive?

Fusion

No one wants to be ageist. But given the almost quarter-century age gap between presidential contenders Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton, it’s impossible not to consider the role of age in performing one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

If Rubio, 43, gets elected president next year, the Florida senator will be among the youngest to ever hold the office—and if Clinton, 67, gets the nod, she’ll be among the oldest. But who has the advantage? Does youthful energy trump experience, or the other way around?

According to productivity experts, Ms. Clinton has the edge. Sorry, youngs.

Older workers make fewer serious mistakes

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True, older workers are often considered by prospective employers as curmudgeonly, unwilling to embrace new ideas, and expensive—but studies have shown they’re a wise investment. For example, researchers from the University of Mannheim found that in a study of Mercedes assembly line workers, older…

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Author: Shane O'Mara

Neuroscientist

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