Do Age-Discrimination Laws Work?

Apr 18 2011 @ 4:38pm

Tony Dokoupil and Rick Marin check in on the Mancession. They focus on "unemployed (and underemployed) men ages 41 to 59." Of interest:

Texas A&M economist Joanna Lahey found that 50-year-old white men are less likely to land jobs in states that enforce age-discrimination laws. Why? Firms, it seems, don't want to get involved with members of a contentious group. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that age-discrimination complaints rose by 28 percent in 2008, a year when three quarters of job losers were male, and rose again in 2010, surging past 23,000. No wonder graying men are dyeing their hair.