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Age Discrimination in Hiring Decisions: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Labor Market
Linnaeus Univ, Ctr Discriminat & Integrat Studies, Kalmar, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2019 (English)In: Labour Economics, ISSN 0927-5371, E-ISSN 1879-1034, Vol. 59, p. 173-183Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper shows the results of a field experiment in which over 6000 fictitious resumes with randomly assigned information about age (35–70 years) were sent to Swedish employers with vacancies in low- and medium-skilled occupations. We find that the callback rate begins to fall substantially for workers in their early 40s and becomes very low for workers close to the retirement age. The decline in the callback rate by age is steeper for women than for men. Employer stereotypes about the ability to learn new tasks, flexibility, and ambition seem to be an important explanation for age discrimination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. Vol. 59, p. 173-183
Keywords [en]
Demographic challenge, Age, Gender, Discrimination, Field experiment, Hiring
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Economics
Research subject
Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392266DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2019.03.002ISI: 000484654300013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392266DiVA, id: diva2:1347609
Conference
30th Annual Conference of the European-Association-of-Labour-Economists (EALE), SEP 13-15, 2018, Lyon, France.
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, dnr 2013-2482Available from: 2019-09-01 Created: 2019-09-01 Last updated: 2019-10-18Bibliographically approved

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