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Disregard for older workers is weighing on the economy. Sosays a report from AARP, which finds that employersturning up their noses at older workers could end up taking some$850 billion out of the U.S. economy. In 2018 the 50-pluspopulation contributed some 40 percent of the U.S. GDP, supporting88.6 million jobs and contributed $8.3 trillion to theeconomy – even though it only made up 35 percent of thepopulation – but by 2050 that's expected to more thantriple to $28.2 trillion.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.