The Demand for High-Skilled Workers and Immigration Policy

25 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2004

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Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Astrid Kunze

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESIfo

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Date Written: January 2004

Abstract

This paper provides a descriptive analysis of the demand for high-skilled workers using a new firm data set, the IZA International Employer Survey 2000. Our results suggest that while workers from EU-countries are mainly complements to domestic high-skilled workers, workers from non-EU countries are hired because of a shortage of high-skilled labour. The paper, furthermore, provides a short description of recent German policy initiatives regarding the temporary immigration of high-skilled labour. In view of our descriptive results these temporary immigration policies seem, however, to satisfy only partly the demand of firms interested in recruiting foreign high-skilled workers. A more comprehensive immigration policy covering also the permanent immigration of high-skilled workers appears to be necessary.

Keywords: migration, high-skilled workers, IZA employer survey

JEL Classification: F22, J61

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas K. and Kunze, Astrid, The Demand for High-Skilled Workers and Immigration Policy (January 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=500902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.500902

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