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Title:Employment Effects of Dispersal Policies on Refugee Immigrants, Part I: Theory PDF Logo
Authors:Damm, Anna Piil
Rosholm, Michael
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 924
Abstract:This paper formulates a partial search model in which unemployed individuals simultaneously search for job and location of residence. Most importantly, we show that, ceteris paribus, a decrease in current place utility increases the transition rate into a new location of residence and the transition rate into employment outside the local labour market, but decreases the transition rate into local employment. Thus, a decrease in current place utility decreases the overall job-finding rate if the local reservation wage effect dominates. We argue that dispersal policies on refugee immigrants are characterized by low average values of current place utility. Hence, the model predicts that dispersal policies increase the geographical mobility rates of refugees and, for a sufficiently large local reservation wage effect, decrease their jobfinding rates.
Subjects:job search
residential search
geographical mobility
dispersal policy on refugees
JEL:J15
J68
J64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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