Explaining Spatial Patterns of Foreign Employment in Germany

Lehmann, Robert and Nagl, Wolfgang (2017) Explaining Spatial Patterns of Foreign Employment in Germany. CESifo Group, CESifo Working Paper 6356, 34 p.

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This paper investigates the main determinants of the regional representation of foreign employees in Germany. Since migration determinants are not necessarily the same for workers of different nationalities, we explain spatial patterns not only for total foreign employment but also for the 35 most important migration countries to Germany. Based on a total census for all 402 districts in Germany, we find a large heterogeneity in migration determinants between nationalities. We identify three groups of countries for which labor market and economic conditions, amenities or cultural factors are more important. Geographical distance plays a major role in location decisions, a finding that is especially pronounced for workers from countries neighboring Germany.

Item Type: Discussion/ Working Paper (Unspecified)
Keywords: foreign employment, migration determinants, distance, spatial models
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): [F220], [J210], [J610], [O150], [R120]
Research Groups: Labour Market and Social Policy
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 08:41
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 08:41
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4205

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