An Analysis of Small Business Hiring of Seniors

Robin T. Peterson, Andreas W. Stratemeyer


This study investigated small business hiring of senior citizens. It found that older persons make up a moderate percentage of  the small business work force. The respondents reported dependability, possession of the work ethic, respect for authority, experience, and company loyalty as advantages of seniors. The major disadvantages were physical limitations, illness, slow work, and costs of medical benefits. Most respondents plan to hire larger numbers of seniors in future periods.

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