Getting Grey Hairs in the Labour Market: An Alternative Experiment on Age Discrimination

37 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2015

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Jennifer Norga

Ghent University

Yannick Thuy

Ghent University

Marieke Van Hecke

Ghent University

Abstract

This study presents a new field experimental approach for measuring age discrimination in hiring. In addition to the classical approach in which candidates' ages are randomly assigned within pairs of fictitious resumes that are sent to real vacancies, we randomly assign activities undertaken by the older candidates during their additional life years between these pairs. When applying this design to the Belgium case, we find that age discrimination is fundamentally heterogeneous by older candidates' career pattern. Older age affects call-back only (negatively) in case older candidates were inactive or employed in an out-of-field job during their additional post-educational years.

Keywords: age discrimination, design of experiments, field experiments, difference in post-educational years problem, ageing, hiring discrimination

JEL Classification: C90, C93, J14, J71

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Norga, Jennifer and Thuy, Yannick and Van Hecke, Marieke, Getting Grey Hairs in the Labour Market: An Alternative Experiment on Age Discrimination. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9289. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2655329

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

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Jennifer Norga

Ghent University

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Belgium

Yannick Thuy

Ghent University

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Marieke Van Hecke

Ghent University ( email )

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

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