Integrating immigrants: The impact of restructuring active labor market programs

Matti Sarvimäki*, Kari Hämäläinen

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Abstract

We examine the impact of restructuring active labor market programs for unemployed immigrants in Finland. Exploiting a discontinuity in the phase-in rules of the reform, we find that it increased compliers’ cumulative earnings by 47% over a 10-year follow-up period. We attribute these improvements to a more efficient use of existing resources. The reform did not affect total days in training, but it did modify the content toward training specifically designed for immigrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-508
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • labor markets
  • immigrants
  • Finland

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