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Here’s Proof That Age Discrimination Is Widespread in the Job Market

Jobs, DiscriminationAge discrimination is pervasive in the U.S., despite laws that prohibit it.

And the older you are, the more discrimination you face, according to the authors of a National Bureau of Economic Research study out Monday. Older women have it particularly tough.

Baby boomers started turning 65 in 2011, and each day about 10,000 more hit that age that has historically been associated with retirement. These days, though, many are opting to search for jobs to bolster their incomes, which can be a long slog.

One reason is something that is not often discussed because it’s illegal: discrimination. Three economists—David Neumark and Ian Burn of the University of California at Irvine and Patrick Button of Tulane University—designed a field experiment to try to document how widespread discrimination is, particularly among workers  nearing retirement age.

Using more than 40,000 job applications, they responded to job ads with similar fictional resumes for workers purported to be ages 29-31, 49-51 and 64-66. The study looked at a dozen cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston.

Whether the jobs were for administrative, sales, security positions or janitors, the rates of callbacks—either by telephone or by email—were much higher for the younger workers than the older ones.

Discrimination, rather than lack of skills, may help to explain why older workers have longer periods of unemployment duration. Long periods of unemployment—six months or longer—have been one of the lasting problems in the wake of the 2007-2009 recession, the biggest downturn since the 1930s.

Read more about it here: http://bloom.bg/2bAeqpv

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