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Employment effects of language training for unemployed immigrants

Julia Lang ()
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Julia Lang: Institute for Employment Research, IAB

Journal of Population Economics, 2022, vol. 35, issue 2, No 11, 719-754

Abstract: Abstract Proficiency in the host country’s language is an important factor for the successful labor market integration of immigrants. In this study, I analyze the effects of a language training program for professional purposes on the employment opportunities of participants in Germany. I apply an instrumental variable approach and exploit differences in lagged local training intensities. Bivariate probit estimates show that 2 years after the program started, the employment probability of immigrants who were unemployed in 2014 and participated in the program had increased by more than nine percentage points as a result of language training.

Keywords: Language training; Migration; Integration; Employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J61 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s00148-021-00832-7

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