Does Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Make It Harder to Get Hired? Evidence from Disability Discrimination Laws

TitleDoes Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Make It Harder to Get Hired? Evidence from Disability Discrimination Laws
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsNeumark, D, Song, J, Button, P
JournalNational Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series
VolumeNo. 21379
Date Published2015
KeywordsAgeism, Aging Workforce, Bridge employment, Disabilities, Older Adults
Abstract

We explore the effects of disability discrimination laws on hiring of older workers. A concern with anti-discrimination laws is that they may reduce hiring by raising the cost of terminations and – in the specific case of disability discrimination laws – raising the cost of employment because of the need to accommodate disabled workers. Moreover, disability discrimination laws can affect non-disabled older workers because they are fairly likely to develop work-related disabilities, yet are not protected by these laws. Using state variation in disability discrimination protections, we find little or no evidence that stronger disability discrimination laws lower the hiring of non-disabled older workers. We similarly find no evidence of adverse effects of disability discrimination laws on hiring of disabled older workers.

URLhttp://www.nber.org/papers/w21379
Citation Key8635