Immigrant responses to social insurance generosity / Bernt Bratsberg (The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research), Oddbjørn Raaum (The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research), Knut Røed (The Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserBratsberg, Bernt ; Raaum, Oddbjørn ; Røed, Knut
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, April 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11482
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Immigrants from low-income source countries tend to be underrepresented in employment and overrepresented in social insurance programs. Based on administrative data from Norway, we examine how these gaps reflect systematic differences in the impacts of social insurance benefits on work incentives. Drawing on a benefit formula reform of the temporary disability insurance program, we identify behavioral employment and earnings responses to changes in benefits, and find that responses are significantly larger for immigrants. Among female immigrant program participants, earnings of the male spouse also drop in response to more generous benefits. We uncover stronger behavioral responses among natives with characteristics similar to those of immigrants.