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Refugees' Economic Integration and Firms

Matthew Cole, Liza Jabbour, Ceren Ozgen and Hiromi Yumoto
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Liza Jabbour: University of Birmingham
Hiromi Yumoto: University of Essex

No 16828, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We explore whether a civic integration component dedicated to labor market training (the ONA) boosts refugees' economic outcomes and the quality of firms they work for. Using linked employer-employee administrative data from 2014 to 2021 for the Netherlands and Regression Discontinuity design we find that taking the ONA sped up the economic integration of refugees for 3 years in terms of increased employment probability, hours worked and higher hourly wages. We further show that taking the ONA results in refugees working for larger, less labor-intensive and less routine-task intensive firms and experiencing increased job stability. The ONA benefits male and female refugees and particularly those from Syria.

Keywords: refugees; firms; labor market performance; integration exam; Netherlands (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J08 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2024-02
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