Award Year


Award Type

First Prize

Dissertation Advisor

Dora L. Costa


This dissertation explores important employment issues facing older job applicants. First, it clearly demonstrates the existence of age discrimination and explores some of the possible reasons for this differential treatment. Second, it finds that age discrimination laws hurt the labor market opportunities for white older men. Finally, it shows that expanding public health care programs for older workers would increase retirement and part-time work for older workers, and would increase job mobility and self-employment for prime-aged workers as well.

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