Why Do Firms Recruit Internationally? Results from the Iza International Employer Survey 2000

30 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2001

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Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: July 2001

Abstract

The paper studies the demand for foreign graduates at the firm level. Using a unique dataset on recruitment policies of firms in four European countries, the determinants of demand for internationally mobile high-skilled employees are established. I investigate the number, origin, skills, and functions of foreign graduates, as well as the experiences of firms recruiting internationally. A number of hypotheses for the international demand are formulated and assessed. Foreign highly-skilled employees are recruited mainly because of their special skills, be it international competence or technical know-how, that are not available domestically.

Keywords: Foreign Graduates, Labor Shortage, Transfer of Knowledge

JEL Classification: F22, J61, L20

Suggested Citation

Winkelmann, Rainer, Why Do Firms Recruit Internationally? Results from the Iza International Employer Survey 2000 (July 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=276521

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