Older Workers Need Not Apply? Ageist Language in Job Ads and Age Discrimination in Hiring

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 15.10.2019, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

David Neumark (University of California, Irvine)


Age discrimination in hiring can pose a significant barrier to extending the work lives of older individuals, many of whom take “bridge” jobs before complete retirement. We study the relationships between ageist stereotypes – as reflected in job ads – and age discrimination in hiring, exploiting the text of 11,420 job ads and differences in callbacks to older and younger job applicants from a previous resume (correspondence study) field experiment (Neumark, Burn, and Button, 2019). We use language processing software to scrape the text of these ads and identify language that conveys or relates to age stereotypes. We test whether employers who used ageist language in their ads or have job requirements that relate to age stereotypes are less likely to call back older job applicants. This evidence allows us to directly identify, in a field setting, ageist stereotypes that underlie age discrimination in hiring.

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