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Do State Laws Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Laws Reduce Age Discrimination in Hiring? Experimental (and Nonexperimental) Evidence
David Neumark, Ian Burn, Patrick Button and Nanneh Chehras
WP 2016-349

  • Age discrimination may make it difficult for policymakers to increase employment of older workers.
  • Experimental data that directly measures age discrimination does not provide clear evidence that stronger laws protecting older workers from discrimination reduce measured hiring discrimination against older workers.
  • Nonexperimental data indicate that the relative hiring of older workers is higher in states with stronger protections against disability discrimination. If this relationship is causal, it could imply that even though these stronger laws do not reduce measured discrimination against older workers, they could increase employment of older workers, perhaps by changing who looks for work.