Reverse age discrimination

Brilliant scientists of all ages should be able to thrive at universities. Mandatory retirement is, therefore, a form of age discrimination, but its removal or postponement can come at a cost to younger faculty members, as observed in Italy.

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Figure 1: The age structure of academic staff in various European countries in 2006.
Figure 2: The age structure of university faculty in the USA for different years.


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We would like to thank J. P. Sethna, M. Zaiser and F. Zamponi for useful discussions and remarks.

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Labini, F., Zapperi, S. Reverse age discrimination. Nature Phys 3, 582–583 (2007).

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