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A Gendered Analysis of Age Discrimination among Older Jobseekers in Australia

Michael McGann, Rachel Ong (), Dina Bowman, Alan Duncan (), Helen Kimberley () and Simon Biggs ()
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Michael McGann: School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Dina Bowman: Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Helen Kimberley: Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Simon Biggs: School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

No WP1601, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper series from Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School

Abstract: This paper investigates how age and gender interact to shape older jobseekers’ experiences of age discrimination within a mixed methods framework. The analysis reveals that there has been a considerable decline in levels of perceived ageism among older men nationally relative to older women. These findings suggest that the nature of ageism experienced by older women is qualitatively different from men. Hence, policy responses to ageism need to be far more tailored in their approach because present, one-size-fits all, business case approaches rely on an overly narrow concept that obscures the gender and occupational dimensions of ageism.

Keywords: Age discrimination; ageism; gender; older workers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J01 J16 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-dem, nep-gen, nep-hme and nep-ltv
Date: 2016-05
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