Does access to regular work affect immigrants’ integration outcomes? Evidence from an Italian amnesty program (in collaboration with Simona Fiora and Luca Mo Costabella)

Relatore: Chiara Daniela Pronzato (University of Turin)

  • Data: 04 aprile 2024 dalle 11:30 alle 12:30

  • Luogo: Aula III - Via Belle Arti, 41

Economic inclusion is often seen as a tool for social inclusion and integration of immigrants. In this paper is we estimate the impact of regular work, within one year of arrival in Italy, on the long-term integration of immigrant people, after a period of approximately 10 years. How important is it to guarantee a “sure start” for their integration and, therefore, for the social balance of the society as a whole? To answer this question, we use data from the ISTAT Social Condition and Integration of Foreign Citizens survey, collected in 2011-12, and adopt a local randomization approach to RD analysis, exploiting the 2002 amnesty. We find beneficial effects of early regular work on many indicators of integration, such as trust towards institutions, language proficiency, and local habits.

Nicola Barban