Precise Conclusions Regarding the Influence of Age Stereotypes Require Precise Operationalizations Thereof


Murphy and DeNisi (2021) offer that there is scant evidence that age-based stereotypes affect personnel judgments and decisions. However, this conclusion is drawn from evidence that assumes that biased judgments follow from stereotypes, rather than from evidence suggesting that stereotypes precede biased judgments. In this reply to Murphy and DeNisi (2021), we point out the flaws in this argument and offer the counterpoint that we know very little about the influence that age-based stereotypes have for such judgments and decisions. Moreover, given this lack of evidence, we argue that any conclusions regarding the influence of age-based stereotypes in this regard are, at best, premature.

Work, Aging and Retirement
Cort W. Rudolph
Associate Professor of Industrial & Organizational Psychology