How Important is Homeland Education for Refugees' Economic Position in the Netherlands?

31 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2005

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Joop Hartog

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); Tinbergen Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Aslan Zorlu

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS)

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

We use data on refugees admitted to the Netherlands that include registration of education in their homeland by immigration officers. Such data are seldom available. We investigate the quality and reliability of the registrations and then use them to assess effects on refugees' economic position during the first five years after arrival. The most remarkable finding is the absence of returns to higher education.

Keywords: immigrants, refugees, education, earnings, employment

JEL Classification: I21, J31, J61

Suggested Citation

Hartog, Joop and Zorlu, Aslan, How Important is Homeland Education for Refugees' Economic Position in the Netherlands? (September 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1753. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=822724

Joop Hartog (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

Roetersstraat 11
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Aslan Zorlu

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) ( email )

PLantage Muidergracht 12
Amsterdam, 1018 TV
Netherlands

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