Ageing and Longevity

The rise of age-friendly jobs in the US 

Policies that support age-friendly jobs may be insufficient to provide better working conditions and employment opportunities for all older workers. Image: Unsplash/Centre for Ageing

Daron Acemoğlu

Professor of Applied Economics, MIT

Andrew Scott

Professor of Economics, London Business School

Nicolaj Søndergaard Mühlbach

Analytics Associate, McKinsey & Company

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Figure 1 US employment growth by age, 1990-2020 (millions) age-friendly job
Figure 1 US employment growth by age, 1990-2020 (millions). Age-friendly jobs also have an additional advantage: the prospect of minimising the impact of rising older employment on the rest of the workforce. Image: CEPR.
Figure 2 Shifts in employment share by decile of the Age-Friendly Index (AFI). Between 1990 and 2020, age-friendly jobs increased by 49 million in the US.
Figure 2 Shifts in employment share by decile of the Age-Friendly Index (AFI). Between 1990 and 2020, age-friendly jobs increased by 49 million in the US. Image: CEPR.
Table 1 Probability (%) in a top quartile age-friendly job
Table 1 Probability (%) in a top quartile age-friendly job Image: CEPR.

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