Mette Foged

Department of Economics
Univertsity of Copenhagen
Ă˜ster Farigmagsgade 5, building 26
1353 Copenhagen K

E-Mail: Mette.Foged@econ.ku.dk
Institutional Affiliation: University of Copenhagen

NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2020Integrating Refugees: Language Training or Work-First Incentives?
with Jacob Nielsen Arendt, Iben Bolvig, Linea Hasager, Giovanni Peri: w26834
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 employment and earnings gradually diverged for the treated group after completion of the language program. The effect was significant and resulted in four percentage points permanently higher employment and almost USD 2,510 in extra yearly earnings over eighteen years. We do not find temporary or perma...
August 2013Immigrants' and Native Workers: New Analysis on Longitudinal Data
with Giovanni Peri: w19315
Using longitudinal data on the universe of workers in Denmark during the period 1991-2008 we track the labor market outcomes of low skilled natives in response to an exogenous inflow of low skilled immigrants. We innovate on previous identification strategies by considering immigrants distributed across municipalities by a refugee dispersal policy in place between 1986 and 1998. We find that an increase in the supply of refugee-country immigrants pushed less educated native workers (especially the young and low-tenured ones) to pursue less manual-intensive occupations. As a result immigration had positive effects on native unskilled wages, employment and occupational mobility.

Published: Mette Foged & Giovanni Peri, 2016. "Immigrants' Effect on Native Workers: New Analysis on Longitudinal Data," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol 8(2), pages 1-34.

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