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April 7 (Bloomberg) — Older workers in states with tougher laws against age discrimination faced longer periods of unemployment after the 2007-2009 recession compared with younger workers, according to a Federal Reserve study.

“These results provide very little evidence that stronger state age discrimination protections helped older workers weather the Great Recession,” David Neumark and Patrick Button wrote in a research note published today by the San Francisco Fed. “In fact, the opposite may have occurred, with older workers bearing more of the brunt of the Great Recession in states with stronger age discrimination protections.”

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