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Editor's choice FDI and Migration of Skilled Workers Towards Developing Countries: Firm-Level Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Rezart Hoxhaj
  • Léa Marchal
  • Adnan Seric


This article investigates the determinants of the employment of foreign skilled workers by firms operating in Sub-Saharan African countries. We use cross section firm-level data on a large sample of foreign and domestic firms collected through the Africa Investor Survey 2010 by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. We find evidence of a strong complementarity between foreign capital inflows and the employment of foreign skilled workers. Our results also indicate that interventions in improving the working regulation and skilled workers immigration regimes may stimulate foreign skilled workers transfer by firms, and thereby foreign direct investments.

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  • Rezart Hoxhaj & Léa Marchal & Adnan Seric, 2016. "Editor's choice FDI and Migration of Skilled Workers Towards Developing Countries: Firm-Level Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 25(2), pages 201-232.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:25:y:2016:i:2:p:201-232.

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    1. Jayet, H. & Marchal, L., 2016. "Migration and FDI: Reconciling the standard trade theory with empirical evidence," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 46-66.
    2. Tafadzwa Matiza & Sandra Perks, 2017. "Human Capital Reputation as an Antecedent of Foreign Direct Investment Market Entry in Zimbabwe," Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, AMH International, vol. 9(5), pages 185-199.

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