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Age Discrimination Legislation in the United States

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  • David Neumark

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Legislation prohibiting age discrimination in the United States dates back to the 1960s, when along with the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act barring discrimination against women and minorities, Congress passed the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Questions regarding the rationale for and effectiveness of age discrimination legislation are likely to become increasingly important in light of a rapidly aging population in the United States (and other industrialized countries). This article provides a summary, critical review, and synthesis of what we know about age discrimination legislation. It first traces out the legislative history and the evolving case law and discusses implementation of the law. It then reviews the existing research on age discrimination legislation-research that addresses the rationale for the legislation, its effectiveness, and criticisms. (JEL "J"1, "J"7, "L"3) Copyright 2003 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (07)
Pages: 297-317

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Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:21:y:2003:i:3:p:297-317

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