Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics,
Stockholm University, Department of Economics

No 2009:10: TIPping the Scales towards Greater Employment Chances? Evaluation of a Trial Introduction Program (TIP) for Newly-Arrived Immigrants based on Random Program Assignment

Pernilla Andersson Joona () and Lena Nekby ()
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Pernilla Andersson Joona: Stockholm University, Postal: Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and Stockholm University Linnaeus, Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS), Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Lena Nekby: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics and Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS), Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

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-codes: C41; J15; J61; J64; J68

28 pages, March 24, 2009

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