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Workforce Training for Older Workers: Toward a Better Understanding of Older Worker Needs after the Great Recession

Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations

ISBN: 978-1-83909-192-6, eISBN: 978-1-83909-191-9

ISSN: 0742-6186

Publication date: 19 November 2019

Abstract

Facing the aging workforce but older workers’ vulnerability in the labor market, this chapter empirically explores factors and policy implications to enhance older workers’ entered employment rates (EER) after exiting the national workforce program. After reviewing older workers’ attributes and the unique methods to train them, the chapter examines demographic, socioeconomic, and program attributions to older workers’ EER, controlling for cyclical changes in the labor market. The chapter relies on three sets of models including logistic regression, multi-level mixed-effect regression, and multilevel mixed effect logistic regression models, as well as longitudinal Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data and Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment data. Older dislocated workers and older adults are examined separately. Some Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act training and related service combinations are identified to contribute to older adults and older dislocated workers’ EER and to inform strategic decision-making about future allocations of funds and policy efforts to serve older workers.

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Zhang, T. (2019), "Workforce Training for Older Workers: Toward a Better Understanding of Older Worker Needs after the Great Recession", Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 185-218. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-618620190000025010

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