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Title:The threat effect of participation in active labor market programs on job search behavior of migrants in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Bergemann, Annette
Caliendo, Marco
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5485
Abstract:Labor market programs may affect unemployed individuals' behavior before they enroll. Such ex ante effects may differ according to ethnic origin. We apply a novel method that relates self-reported perceived treatment rates and job search behavioral outcomes, such as the reservation wage or search intensity, to each other. We compare German native workers with migrants with a Turkish origin or Central and Eastern European (including Russian) background. Job search theory is used to derive theoretical predictions. We examine the omnibus ex ante effect of the German ALMP system, using the novel IZA Evaluation Data Set, which includes self-reported assessments of the variables of interest as well as an unusually detailed amount of information on behavior, attitudes and past outcomes. We find that the ex ante threat effect on the reservation wage and search effort varies considerably among the groups considered.
Subjects:immigrants
policy evaluation
reservation wage
search effort
expectations
unemployment duration
program evaluation
active labor market policy
JEL:J64
J61
C21
D83
D84
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201104113586
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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