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Hiring Chances are Bad for Older Workers

  • It is often claimed that work opportunities decline with age, that hiring chances of older persons are poor. We investigate this by collecting questionnaire responses from personnel managers of German manufacturing firms, eliciting a hypothetical hiring decision based on three fictitious candidates. We rely on an age-neutral job and a small age-gap of 14 years between the youngest and the oldest candidate. The quasi-experimental design of the questionnaire allows us to control for possible productivity differences and other economic explanations for declining hiring chances. The data show a 60 percentage point difference in hiring probabilities between the youngest and oldest candidate.
Author:Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch, Dennis A. V. Dittrich, Manfred Königstein
Parent Title (English):Management Online Review
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2016/07/18
Year of first Publication:2009
Publishing Institution:SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences
Release Date:2016/07/18
Tag:Discrimination; Hiring Decision; Labor Market
Online: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228200054_Bad_Hiring_Chances_for_Older_Workers
Link author profile:https://www.srh-berlin.de/hochschule/hochschulteam/buesch-victoria/
Institutes:Silver Workers Research Institute (SWRI, SRH Berlin)
JEL-Classification:J Labor and Demographic Economics
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung