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BOK Working Paper No.2021-1, The Effects of Job Training on Labor Market Outcome of Immigrants in Korea

Economic Research Institute (82-2-759-5364) 2021.01.13 609

Title : The Effects of Job Training on Labor Market Outcome of Immigrants in Korea

Author : Hyejin Kim(BOK), Chulhee Lee(Seoul National University)

<Abstract>

Using the 2017 and 2019 Survey on Immigrants' Living Conditions and Labour Force, we examine how the job training programs in Korea affect immigrants’ labor market outcomes by applying the propensity score matching method. The results show that job training programs increase the probability of being employed by 6.4 percentage points and have positive effects on monthly and hourly wages. The positive wage effects are stronger for immigrants with work visas and permanent residents. These results imply that the job training program can be used as an important means to secure immigrants with human capital which meets the demand of the Korean labor market.

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