Can Job Search Assistance Improve the Labour Market Integration for Refugees? Evidence from a Field Experiment

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Michele Battisti

University of Glasgow

Yvonne Giesing

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU); ifo Institute

Nadzeya Laurentsyeva

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

We conducted a field experiment to evaluate the impact of job-search assistance on the employment of recently arrived refugees in Germany. The treatment group received job-matching support: an NGO identified suitable vacancies and sent the refugees' CVs to employers. Results of follow-up phone surveys show a positive and significant treatment effect of 13 percentage points on employment after twelve months. These effects are concentrated among low-educated refugees and those facing uncertainty about their residence status. These individuals might not search effectively, lack access to alternative support programmes, and may be disregarded by employers due to perceived higher hiring costs.

Keywords: refugees, labour market integration, job search assistance, field experiment

JEL Classification: E240, F220, J610, J680

Suggested Citation

Battisti, Michele and Giesing, Yvonne and Laurentsyeva, Nadzeya, Can Job Search Assistance Improve the Labour Market Integration for Refugees? Evidence from a Field Experiment (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7292, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338617 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3338617

Michele Battisti (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow ( email )

Adam Smith Business School
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8LE
United Kingdom

Yvonne Giesing

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) ( email )

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Munich, DE 80539
Germany

ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Nadzeya Laurentsyeva

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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