Location Choices of Highly Educated Foreign Workers: The Importance of Urban Amenities

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 14-093/VIII

32 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2014

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Or Levkovich

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics

Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: June 29, 2014

Abstract

In the globalized economy the presence of migrants is essential for urban and regional growth, and it is therefore important to know what makes a city an attractive place for highly skilled migrants. This paper aims to shed light on this issue by considering the location choice of highly-educated foreign workers, and if and how their valuation of urban amenities differs from domestic workers. To do so, we apply a residential location-choice model to estimate the attractiveness of residential locations in the Dutch Randstad for low and high-skilled, domestic and foreign workers, and calculate and compare their willingness to pay for each of these amenities.

Keywords: urban amenities, foreign workers

JEL Classification: F68, R53, R11

Suggested Citation

Levkovich, Or and Rouwendal, Jan, Location Choices of Highly Educated Foreign Workers: The Importance of Urban Amenities (June 29, 2014). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 14-093/VIII, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2469803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2469803

Or Levkovich (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

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