Webex-seminar: EU Migration, Public Transfers, and Assimilation: Evidence for the Netherlands
On Tuesday May 25th 2021, Eduard Suari-Andreu (Leiden University) will give an online presentation titled: "EU Migration, Public Transfers, and Assimilation: Evidence for the Netherlands." To attend this seminar, please send an e-mail to Simone Pailer (S.Pailer@cpb.nl). Then you will receive a Webex-invitation via Outlook.
In this study we investigate public transfer receipt of EU migrants in the Netherlands. To do so, we use high quality administrative panel data containing comprehensive information on all public transfers individuals can receive. Results show that, after controlling for composition effects, EU migrants are less likely to receive public transfers compared to Dutch natives and they receive significantly lower amounts conditional on transfer receipt. These differences are particularly large during the first years after arrival in the Netherlands. Three to five years after arrival, the differences become indistinguishable from zero, indicating that EU migrants gradually assimilate into public transfer receipt. The size and the sign of the differences depend on whether we consider contributory or non-contributory transfers. Further exploration by means of a Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition shows that the largest composition effects are due to differences in age and family structure between the two groups.