Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 595–615 | Cite as

Hiring older workers and employing older workers: German evidence

  • John S. Heywood
  • Uwe Jirjahn
  • Georgi Tsertsvardze
Original Paper


Using German establishment data, we examine the relationship between delayed compensation, training, and hiring of older workers. Both those establishments that delay compensation and those with greater human capital requirements are less likely to hire older workers. We demonstrate that the routinely used control for the age of existing workers is endogenous and that instrumenting provides stronger evidence for the role of delayed compensation. Specifically, delayed compensation is simultaneously a negative determinant of hiring older workers but a positive determinant of employing older workers and, thus, more clearly associated with “employing older workers but not hiring them.”


Older workers Delayed compensation Specific training 

JEL Classification

J33 J63 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Heywood
    • 1
  • Uwe Jirjahn
    • 2
  • Georgi Tsertsvardze
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Labor EconomicsLeibniz University of HanoverHanoverGermany
  3. 3.Feri Rating and Research AGBad HomburgGermany

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