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Labor Market Transitions Among Older Workers: Job Opportunities, Skills, and Working Conditions


  • Hirsch, B.T.
  • Macpherson, D.A.
  • Hardy, M.A.


The paper examines job transitions and opportunities among older workers, with emphasis on occupational skill requirements and working conditions. Bystandard measures, older workers fare well, realizing relatively high earnings, having low rates of unemployment and displacement, and choosing in large numbers to exit the labor market or decrease work hours at early ages. These measures, however, overstate the opportunities that would face older workers were they to leave current employer and search for a new job.

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  • Hirsch, B.T. & Macpherson, D.A. & Hardy, M.A., 1997. "Labor Market Transitions Among Older Workers: Job Opportunities, Skills, and Working Conditions," Working Papers 1997_07_01, Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:fsu:wpaper:1997_07_01

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    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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