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Intergenerational spillover effects of language training for refugees

Foged, M; Hasager, L; Peri, G; Arendt, JN; Bolvig, I; (2023) Intergenerational spillover effects of language training for refugees. Journal of Public Economics , 220 , Article 104840. 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2023.104840. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Children of refugees are among the most economically disadvantaged youth in several European countries. They are more likely to drop out of school and to commit crime. We find that a reform in Denmark in 1999 that expanded language training for adult refugees and was shown to improve their earnings and job market outcomes permanently, also increased lower secondary school completion rates and decreased juvenile crime rates for their children. The crime effect is entirely due to boys who were below school age when their parents received language training. The older cohorts who were in elementary school when their parents received language training performed better in lower secondary school. Boys were more likely to finish lower secondary school and to sit the final exams, and girls achieved higher grade point averages in the exams.

Type: Article
Title: Intergenerational spillover effects of language training for refugees
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2023.104840
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2023.104840
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Intergenerational Effects of Integration, Policy, Immigrant children, Language skills, Regression discontinuity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10167344
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