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Investigation of demand for the foreign workforce in Russian regions using applications for quotas

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  • Vakulenko, Elena

    () (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

  • Leukhin, Roman

    () (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Abstract

In this paper we analyse the demand for the foreign workforce in Russian regions. We use the Russian Ministry of Labour (Rostrud) data on migrant applications and the dataset on Russian firms provided by the Bureau van Dijk. We show features of the demanded migrant labour and also find that the inflow of internal migrants significantly reduces the demand for the foreign workforce. The demand for immigrants is higher in resource and economically developed regions, and in regions with low population density. Most of migrant applications were proposed by construction and manufacturing industries. Employers prefer to hire low-skilled migrants with secondary education and with work experience of 1 year. Using the econometric model, we found that main factors of the demand for immigrants are the individual characteristics of migrants (education and experience) and their professional groups. We conclude that the Russian migrant quota system doesn’t pay enough attention to features of regions’ economies.

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  • Vakulenko, Elena & Leukhin, Roman, 2015. "Investigation of demand for the foreign workforce in Russian regions using applications for quotas," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 37(1), pages 67-86.
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    Keywords

    labour demand; labour migrants; migration; Russian regions;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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