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Ageism in the Labour Market

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Manpower

Call for papers: Ageism in the labour market

International Journal of Manpower

Ageism, the complex and often negative social construction of old age, is highly prevalent in different contexts, at the structural and the individual levels (Iversen, Larsen, and Solem, 2009). A study based on the European Social Survey found that ageism is the most prevalent type of discrimination (Ayalon, 2014). Research on ageism is focused on the causes, the consequences, the concept, and the ways in which ageism may be reduced (Iverson et al., 2009). At the same time, as people live longer and work longer, the prevalence of older adults in the workforce has increased. Despite significant life and work experiences, pervasive ageism results in various practices to discriminate against older workers in the workplace (Jackson, 2012).

Over the last few years, the topic of ageism has become an important part of ageing studies and aroused interest in fields as social and organizational psychology, sociology, economics, health, law and media (see COST Action IS1402 on “Ageism - a multi-national, interdisciplinary perspective: As chairs and involved members of the "Ageism in the workforce" Working Group in this COST Action, we propose to bring together research conducted by researchers from different disciplines and national origins on the topic of ageism in the labour market.

The International Journal of Manpower invites scholars to contribute to a 2019 issue with original investigations reporting on various aspects of Ageism in the Labour Market. We are particularly interested in prevalence, assessment, measurement, consequences, international comparison and interventions. However, other relevant topics could be positively considered as well.

The special issue will reflect our collaborative efforts to understand current trends in ageism in the labour market within an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral context, with new achievements not only in theoretical input but also in methodological ones. We aim to integrate cross-national and multi-disciplinary research and to point to future research directions.

Submission: a 250 word-abstract outlining the authors' intents should be submitted by 30th June, 2018 to Jolanta Perek-Bialas ([email protected]) and to Pnina Dolberg ([email protected]). Selected authors will be informed no later than 15th of July and will be invited to submit full manuscripts via the International Journal of Manpower Scholar-One System till 30th of September, 2018. We will look for papers between 6000 and 8000 words in length. This includes all text including references and appendices. Please allow 280 words for each figure or table. We will follow the usual peer review process of IJM. All submissions must follow the Guidelines for Authors available on the Journal’s website:

About the Journal:

The International Journal of Manpower (IJM) is a full refereed, double-blind interdisciplinary journal, concerned with the utilization, management and planning of human resources and the economics of labour markets, from a corporate, local, national and international perspective. The journal provides a forum for innovative thinking and the publication of important research findings, advancing knowledge in the field. It also publishes articles which have implications or relevance to policy makers and practitioners in relevant fields. The journal focusses on strongly empirical/analytical quantitative research.

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Ayalon, L. (2014). Perceived Age, Gender, and Racial/Ethnic Discrimination in Europe: Results from the European Social Survey. Educational Gerontology, 7 (40), 499-517.


Iversen, T. N., Larsen, L., & Solem, P. E. (2009). A conceptual analysis of ageism. Nordic Psychology, 61(3), 4-22.

 Jackson, M. A. (2013). Counseling older workers confronting ageist stereotypes and discrimination. In Ageism and Mistreatment of Older Workers (pp. 135-144). Springer Netherlands.