What is the Value of Foreign Work Experience? Analysing Online CV Data in Slovakia

26 Pages Posted: 9 May 2016

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Lucia Mytna Kurekova

Slovak Governance Institute; Central European University

Zuzana Žilinčíková

Masaryk University


This paper studies how attractive young returnees are in the labour market and how they behave relative to stayers. We use the online CVs of young people that are posted on the major Slovak job-search portal. The analysis is performed using a set of regression models that investigate attractiveness, salary expectations and positions of interest to returnees in comparison to stayers. We find that the post-accession foreign work experience increases the attractiveness of job candidates, but that attractiveness premium varies depending on the returnee's host country. Returnees are more demanding with respect to their minimum salary expectations and are more likely than stayers to apply for positions advertised abroad. Return migrants are a diverse group - women, graduates, or people returning to economically underperforming regions, continue to face disadvantages with labour market integration.

Keywords: return migrants, employers, web data, labour market, integration, Slovakia

JEL Classification: F22, J23

Suggested Citation

Mytna Kurekova, Lucia and Žilinčíková, Zuzana, What is the Value of Foreign Work Experience? Analysing Online CV Data in Slovakia. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9921. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776926

Lucia Mytna Kurekova (Contact Author)

Slovak Governance Institute ( email )

Gajova 4
Bratislava, 81109

Central European University ( email )

Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051

Zuzana Žilinčíková

Masaryk University ( email )

Zerotinovo nam. 9
60177 Brno, 603 00
Czech Republic

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