AGE IN THE WORKPLACE
Economist David Neumark finds age – and gender – discrimination in the workplace
Ahealthier aging population means many Americans are working past birthdays at which most have typically retired. At the same time, says UCI Chancellor’s Professor David Neumark, age discrimination appears to be playing a role in reducing their employment opportunities.
His research, which has found evidence of negative stereotyping, lay-offs among higher-paid older workers, and bias in hiring practices – particularly among older women – makes a compelling case that employment barriers do exist for older workers.
David Neumark received a $1.3 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in 2015 to launch and lead the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute (ESSPRI), which focuses on the long-term effectiveness of poverty alleviation programs in the U.S.
He offers as potential solutions stronger anti-discrimination policies than current
federal law, such as in states like California which extends discrimination protections
to workers in smaller firms and allows larger damages in age discrimination lawsuits.
He’s consistently sought for his expertise on labor economics. His work appears regularly in The New York Times, LA Times, Forbes, CNN, and Time Magazine, to name a few. He’s also provided expert testimony before Congress on the topic.