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TIPping the Scales towards Greater Employment Chances? Evaluation of a Trial Introduction Program (TIP) for Newly-Arrived Immigrants Based on Random Program Assignment

Pernilla Andersson Joona () and Lena Nekby

No 4072, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: A Trial Introduction Program (TIP) for newly-arrived immigrants to Sweden was implemented from October 2006 to June 2008 in order to meet the main criticisms directed at existing introduction programs. Two primary innovations were introduced, flexible language instruction parallel with other labor market activities at the Public Employment Service (PES) and intensive counseling and coaching by PES caseworkers with considerably reduced caseloads. Within participating municipalities, newly-arrived immigrants were randomly assigned into TIP (treatment) or regular introduction programs (control). Results indicate significant treatment effects on the probability of attaining regular employment as well as the probability of entering intermediate PES training programs. Hazard rates into PES training programs were also significantly higher for participants in TIP in comparison to participants in regular introduction programs.

Keywords: introduction programs; integration; labor market policy evaluation; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 J15 J61 J64 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2009-03
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Published - updated version published as 'Intensive Coaching of New Immigrants: An Evaluation Based on Random Program Assignment' in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2012, 114 (2), 576-600

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