Economics professors Ian Burn (University of Liverpool in England) and Daniel Ladd, [Ph.D. candidate] Daniel Firoozi [Ph.D. candidate] and [Distinguished Professor] David Neumark (all UC Irvine) conducted a clever experiment where they placed hundreds of fake job postings in cities all across America for some basic, low-skill jobs …. In half of the ads they used careful, neutral language. In the other half they used coded words and phrases designed to let older people know that they needn’t bother applying.

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