Refugee Benefit Cuts
Speaker(s)Rasmus Landersø (Rockwool Foundation, Denmark)
LocationTinbergen Institute Amsterdam, room 1.01
Date and time
November 23, 2021
16:00 - 17:00
Abstract: Denmark’s 2002 Start Aid welfare reform lowered benefits to refugee immigrants by 40% and has many implications for the optimal design of policies discussed today. The reform induced a sharp albeit short-lived increases in average labor earnings and employment, but also a strong female labor force withdrawal due to disincentives imbedded in the policy. Combining two research designs, we provide first causal evidence that reform effects depend crucially on local demand for the type of skills refugees offer. The reform’s large reduction in average disposable income also induced undesired effects such as increased crime among adults and teenagers.
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