Short-Term Training Programs for Immigrants: Do Effects Differ from Natives and Why?

Alisher Aldashev1, Stephan L. Thomsen2, Thomas Walter 3
1Kazakh-British Technical University of Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2University of Magdeburg, Germany, 3ZEW Centre for European Economic Research, Germany

We evaluate the effects of different short-term training programs on the employment chances of immigrant and native welfare recipients in Germany. In particular, we investigate whether program effects differ between both groups and what might cause these potential differences. To answer these questions we estimate separate models for immigrants and natives using propensity score matching estimators in a first step. In a second step to provide an explanation of the differences in effects, we suggest a decomposition method based on the matching procedure that allows identification of differences due to observable characteristics and differences related to an immigrant fixed effect.

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