Age biases in employment: Impact of talent shortages and age on hiring

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Title Age biases in employment: Impact of talent shortages and age on hiring
Author Wilson, Marie; Parker, Polly; Kan, Jordan
Journal Name University of Auckland Business Review
Year Published 2007
Place of publication New Zealand
Publisher University of Auckland
Abstract The steady rise in the number of older workers in the labour force has been accompanied by increased evidence of discrimination against them, both in New Zealand and internationally. A field experiment, simulation and interviews were used to assess the selection process from multiple perspectives and enable a thorough consideration of both the process and outcome of recruitment and selection decisions. The research also attempted to assess the impact of industry talent shortages, using current immigration service listings of skills shortages in New Zealand to target jobs with high, medium and low skill shortages. The study assessed employer preferences (were the applicants seen as suitable), employment outcomes (were applicants short-listed) and employer rationales (why were some candidates preferred over others). Our findings indicate that younger workers were seen as more suitable and were significantly more likely to be shortlisted, although this effect was moderated by talent shortages.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2007. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Volume 9
Issue Number 1
Page from 33
Page to 41
ISSN 1174-9946
Date Accessioned 2009-04-27
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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