The Effect of Integration Policies on the Time Until Regular Employment of Newly Arrived Immigrants: Evidence from Denmark

40 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2008

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Eskil Heinesen

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit

Hans Hummelgaard

Amternes og Kommunernes Forskningsinstitut (AKF)

Leif Husted

Institute of Local Government Studies

Michael Rosholm

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Amternes og Kommunernes Forskningsinstitut (AKF)

Abstract

We analyse the effect of active labour-market programmes on the hazard rate into regular employment for newly arrived immigrants using the timing-of-events duration model. We take account of language course participation and progression in destination country language skills. We use rich administrative data from Denmark. We find substantial lock-in effects of participation in active labour-market programmes. Post programme effects on the hazard rate to regular employment are significantly positive for wage subsidy programmes, but not for other types of programmes. For language course participants, improvement in language proficiency has significant and substantial positive effects on the hazard rate to employment.

Keywords: programme evaluation, duration analysis, language skills

JEL Classification: J64, J24, J68, J61, C41

Suggested Citation

Heinesen, Eskil and Hummelgaard, Hans and Husted, Leif and Rosholm, Michael, The Effect of Integration Policies on the Time Until Regular Employment of Newly Arrived Immigrants: Evidence from Denmark. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3849, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1309091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1309091

Eskil Heinesen

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit ( email )

Sølvgade 10, 2.t.v.
Copenhagen K, DK-1307
Denmark

Hans Hummelgaard

Amternes og Kommunernes Forskningsinstitut (AKF) ( email )

Nyropsgade 32
Copenhagen V, 1602
United States

Leif Husted

Institute of Local Government Studies ( email )

Nyropsgade 37
DK-1602 Copenhagen V
Denmark

Michael Rosholm

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business Economics ( email )

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Aarhus V
Denmark
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Amternes og Kommunernes Forskningsinstitut (AKF)

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Copenhagen, DK-1602
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