An original survey of Hong Kong establishments identifies hiring and employment patterns by age of worker. As in the U.S., there exist many firms which employ older workers but do not hire older workers. This similarity is important as Hong Kong neither prohibits age discrimination nor requires uniform fringe benefit provision. Thus, these laws thought to account for the U. S. pattern may not be a sufficient explanation. Instead, our finding that those Hong Kong firms delaying compensation disproportionately hire younger workers suggests that existing hiring patterns may largely be a response to inherent monitoring difficulties.
Heywood, J. S., Ho, L.-s., & Wei, X. (1996). Delayed compensation and the hiring of older workers: Evidence from Hong Kong (CPPS Working Papers Series no.42). Retrieved from Lingnan University website: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/cppswp/102