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Poster Session


Thu 27. 8.  12:45 - 13:45
room FCE Poster Area

Labour Shortage or Stereotypes? Do Older Workers skip Prejudices


Czepek, Judith Anna; Rebien, Martina
Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA), Germany

Due to the demographic change the importance of the job opportunities of older workers rises. The shortage in labour supply and the higher rate of older workers on the labour market lead to the expectation that the chances of new hires of older workers increase. Reasons that might be an obstacle are stereotypes of the Elderly and prejudices of companies in terms of their productivity. Employees may have a lower willingness to change the job. Our central thesis is a skilled-related selectivity among older workers. This means that just a certain group is looking for a new position. In addition, the general interest of companies is biased by qualification. According to this, results should show the preference for high-skilled older workers with specialized knowledge. Data basis for the analysis is an establishment survey which is representative for the whole German economy. It contains detailed information about new hires. This includes age, gender, qualifications, previous employment status, and the successful way of staffing as well as made compromises, and wage. Thereby, we learn a lot about the chances of new hires of older workers and under which conditions firms hire Elderly.