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What Active Labour Market Programmes Work for Immigrants in Europe?

  • Walter, Thomas
  • Butschek, Sebastian

In this paper, we provide a quantitative answer to the question what types of active labour market programmes (ALMPs) work for immigrants. From the existing literature, we identify 24 research papers estimating 79 short-run treatment effects of ALMPs on immigrants. We perform a meta-analysis of these findings based on the sign and significance of the estimates. This allows us to present quantitative evidence for the relative effectiveness for immigrants of different types of ALMPs. Our finding that only subsidised private-sector employment can be recommended is relevant to European policymakers allocating scarce resources in the face of high immigrant unemployment.

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Paper provided by Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association in its series Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order with number 79745.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:vfsc13:79745
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