Compensation or competition: Bias in immigrants' access to active labour market measures

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serval:BIB_5E93573B8544
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Compensation or competition: Bias in immigrants' access to active labour market measures
Journal
Social Policy & Administration
Author(s)
Auer Daniel, Fossati Flavia
ISSN
0144-5596
1467-9515
Publication state
Published
Issued date
22/04/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
54
Pages
390-409
Language
english
Abstract
Whether participation in active labour market programmes (ALMPs) pushes individuals back into employment depends on the programme's characteristics. On the basis of encompassing registry data that allow us to control for usually unobserved employability, we find evidence of a systematic access bias whereby jobcentre caseworkers in Switzerland assign unemployed persons to activation measures based on a competition logic that is mainly driven by an economic rationale and the jobcentre's performance evaluation. This practice seems problematic because it results in an overrepresentation of immigrants in measures with little efficacy rather than in measures that could compensate for employability disadvantages. Conversely, Swiss citizens are more likely to enter beneficial human‐capital‐intensive measures. It is plausible that this discrepancy in programme participation amplifies the general labour market disadvantages of immigrants.
Keywords
Development, Sociology and Political Science, Public Administration
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation
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23/04/2020 6:20
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