Refugees' Economic Integration and Firms

46 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2024

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Matthew Cole

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Liza Jabbour

University of Birmingham

Ceren Ozgen

University of Birmingham

Hiromi Yumoto

University of Essex

Abstract

We explore whether a civic integration component dedicated to labor market training (the ONA) boosts refugees' economic outcomes and the quality of firms they work for. Using linked employer-employee administrative data from 2014 to 2021 for the Netherlands and Regression Discontinuity design we find that taking the ONA sped up the economic integration of refugees for 3 years in terms of increased employment probability, hours worked and higher hourly wages. We further show that taking the ONA results in refugees working for larger, less labor-intensive and less routine-task intensive firms and experiencing increased job stability. The ONA benefits male and female refugees and particularly those from Syria.

Keywords: refugees, firms, labor market performance, integration exam, Netherlands

JEL Classification: J08, J15

Suggested Citation

Cole, Matthew A. and Jabbour, Liza and Ozgen, Ceren and Yumoto, Hiromi, Refugees' Economic Integration and Firms. IZA Discussion Paper No. 16828, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4741454 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4741454

Matthew A. Cole (Contact Author)

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics ( email )

United States

Liza Jabbour

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Ceren Ozgen

University of Birmingham ( email )

Department of Economics
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Hiromi Yumoto

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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