Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Naturalisation and on-the-job training: evidence from first-generation immigrants in Germany

an article by Friederike von Haaren-Giebel and Malte Sandner (Leibniz Universität, Hannover) published in IZA Journal of Migration Volume 5 (2016)


This paper empirically analyses the effect of naturalisation on on-the-job training (OJT) participation among first-generation immigrants in Germany. OJT is associated with improved labour market outcomes and provides therefore an indicator for labour market integration.

Naturalisation is assumed to act as a signal of the employee’s commitment to the host country and may thus increase employers’ likelihood of offering OJT. Testing the theoretical link with multivariate estimations (based on the German Socio-Economic Panel) shows a positive and significant correlation. To reduce selection bias on observables, propensity score matching is applied, yielding a significant average treatment effect.

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