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Employment Protections for Older Workers: Do Disability Discrimination Laws Matter?

By Wendy A. Stock and Kathleen Beegle

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Although age discrimination laws boost employment of older workers, some are exempt from age-law protection and may be better protected by disability discrimination laws. Disability laws may raise the costs of employing the disabled, however, generating mixed predictions regarding employment effects of protection by both types of laws. This study finds that employment of older disabled workers with the coupled laws is lower than those with age-law protection only; employment of the younger disabled is higher with the coupled laws. For older disabled workers, earnings of those with the coupled laws are lower than their counterparts with only age-law protection. (JEL "J78", "K31", "J00") Copyright 2004 Western Economic Association International.

DOI identifier: 10.1093/cep/byh009
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