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Explaining Spatial Patterns of Foreign Employment in Germany

Robert Lehmann () and Wolfgang Nagl

No 6356, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: foreign employment; migration determinants; distance; spatial models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J21 J61 O15 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2017
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