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

30 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2009

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Pernilla Andersson

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Lena Nekby

Stockholm University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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: labor market policy evaluation, integration, introduction programs, experiment

JEL Classification: J15, J64, J68, J61, C41

Suggested Citation

Andersson, Pernilla and Nekby, Lena, TIPping the Scales Towards Greater Employment Chances? Evaluation of a Trial Introduction Program (TIP) for Newly-Arrived Immigrants Based on Random Program Assignment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4072, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1369818 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1369818

Pernilla Andersson (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

Kyrkgatan 43B
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

Lena Nekby

Stockholm University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Frescati, Stockholm
Sweden

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
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