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Why do firms recruit internationally? Result from the IZA International Employer Survey 2000

  • Rainer Winkelmann


    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

The paper studies the demand for foreign university 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 highly 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 that are not available domestically, be it international competence or technical know-how.

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Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0202.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Publication status: Published in Schmollers Jahrbuch, 122, 2002, pages 155-178
Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0202
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