Public Policy Working Group: Patrick Button
Is it Harder for Older Workers to Find Jobs? New and Improved Evidence from a Field Experiment
Assistant Professor of Economics
About The Speakers
Dr. Button researches in three areas. First, he researches discrimination in labor markets on the basis of age or disability. He is currently working on a field experiment to quantify how much discrimination older workers face, and what factors influence the amount of discrimination. He also studies the impact of employment non-discrimination laws on older or disabled workers. Second, Button studies how tax incentives for economic development affect where firms operate, using tax incentives for the film industry as a case study. Third, Button’s research show how researchers using statistical or econometric methods can more accurately test the effects of policy interventions by using model averaging, a strategy that incorporates uncertainty about statistical models.