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Age Discrimination, Job Separations, and Employment Status of Older Workers: Evidence from Self-Reports

  • Richard W. Johnson
  • David Neumark

This paper explores the consequences of age discrimination in the work-place by analyzing self-reports of discrimination in the National Longitudinal Survey of Older Men, for the period 1966-80. Workers with positive reports were much more likely to separate from their employer and less likely to remain employed than workers who report no employer-related age discrimination. The findings for job separations, but not employment status, are robust to numerous attempts to correct the estimates for the inherent limitations of self-reported data, particularly heterogeneity in the propensity to report discrimination, the influence of mandatory retirement, and the possibility that other negative labor market outcomes are attributed to discrimination.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 32 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 779-811

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:32:y:1997:i:4:p:779-811
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