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An empirical study of age discrimination in Norway and Germany

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Büsch, Victoria; Dahl, Svenn-Aage; Dittrich, Dennis

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Abstract Using a questionnaire and a sample of students and personnel managers we establish the existence of age discrimination in the hiring process in Germany and Norway. As expected, age discrimination is more prominent in Germany where the hiring probability of equally qualified applicants is reduced by about 22 percentage points due to an age differential of 14 years as opposed to only 12 percentage points in Norway. Within both countries the tendency to discriminate does not differ between students and personnel managers and does not depend on the age of the decision maker.
Classification Human Resources Management; Labor Market Research
Free Keywords hiring decisions; older workers; demographic change
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 633-651
Journal Applied Economics, 41 (2009) 5
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)