Publications

Sick of your poor neighborhood

Does living in a low-income neighborhood have negative health con-sequences? We document causal neighborhood effects on health by ex-ploiting a Spatial Dispersal Policy that quasi-randomly resettled refugeesacross neighborhoods from 1986-1998. The risk of developing a lifestylerelated disease before 2018 increased by 5.1 percent for those allocatedto the poorest third of neighborhoods compared …

Early labor market entry, language acquisition and labor market success of refugees

Early on-the-job training offered to refugees in Denmark has a temporary positive short-term effects on employment, however reduces language tests scores after 3 to 4 years. Time spent in job training replaces time spent in language courses, which may explain the negative effect on language acquisition and the lack of persistent employment effects

The Formation of Language Skills and the Economc Success of Refugees

Language instruction increase language proficiency of immigrants and stimulate further investments in their human capital

Integrating Refugees by adressing Labor Shortages

We evaluate an integration concept that, based on an analysis of local labor market shortages and a sequence of ALMP tailored to equip the refugee with the skills required to take a job within a specific industry with local excess demand, direct newly arrived refugees towards these job. The concept gradually spread over Danish municipalities during the past decade and we exploit the gradual …

Does Granting Refugee Status to Family-Reunified Women Improve Their Integration

In many refugee-receiving countries men are the principal asylum applicant, while women are admitted through family-reunification procedures. I document that admitting women as refugees themselves, as opposed to family-reunification, has significant impacts on economic integration and decreases their risk of being victims of intimate partner violence. Using an event study approach, I find that …

Language Training and Refugees' Integration

Language training led to persistently higher wages and employment of treated refugees after the program. Effect emerged after completion of language classes and was accompanied by additional schooling and higher probability of working in communication-intensive jobs, suggesting that language training, rather than other minor aspects of the reform, produced it. Spillover effect on higher school completion and lower probability of crime for male children with both parents exposed to the reform.

The Role of Institutions in the Labor Market Impact of Immigration

We study the role of labor market institutions and policies in affecting the wage impact of immigration using a cross-country meta-analysis approach. We gather information on 1,548 previouslyreported semi-elasticities from 66 academic studies covering 20 developed countries. We supplement this dataset with country-level institutional structure and coverage data from the OECD. These include …

Family Migration and Relative Earnings Potentials

Couples are more likely to migrate if household earnings potential is disproportionally due to one partner, and families react equally strongly to a male and a female relative advantage in educational earnings potential.

Immigrants’ Effect on Native Workers: New Analysis on Longitudinal Data

Inflow of refugee-country immigrants pushed less educated native workers to pursue less manual-intensive occupations. As a result wages and employment improved.

International Return Migration and the Effects on Earnings

This paper investigates the economic incentives for international migration from a high wagecountry by estimating the wage and employment effects abroad as well as after return migration.Positive wage effects are found for men. Women, on the contrary, do not gain from internationalmigration on average. This seems to be a tied mover effect. Men migrate for job-related reasons, themajority due to …

Familiers kosmopolitiske uddannelsesstrategier - et spørgsmål om migration og investering i distinktiv kapital

The Cosmopolitan Educational Strategies of Families. A Question of Migration and Investment in Distinctive Capital This paper shows that there is a strong correlation between social origin and attaining non-élite and especially élite education abroad for a group of long-term emigrants from Denmark. We suggest acquisition of distinctive educational capital abroad as a new investment and …