Integrating Refugees: Language Training or Work-First Incentives?

@article{Arendt2020IntegratingRL,
  title={Integrating Refugees: Language Training or Work-First Incentives?},
  author={Jacob Nielsen Arendt and Iben Bolvig and Mette Thrane Foged and Linea Hasager and Giovanni Peri},
  journal={National Bureau of Economic Research},
  year={2020}
}
Social and economic integration of refugees are key to their personal fulfillment and to producing positive effects in the host country. We evaluate the impact of a reform that expanded and improved early language classes to refugees in Denmark while also temporarily lowering welfare benefits for a subgroup of them. The policy change applied to those who obtained refugee status in Denmark on or after January 1, 1999. Using a regression discontinuity design around the cutoff date we find that… 

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