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The Costs of Hiring Skilled Workers

Marc Blatter, Samuel Muehlemann and Samuel Schenker

No 15, Economics of Education Working Paper Series from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Abstract: Hiring workers is costly and therefore influences the firm's labor demand. We make use of Swiss administrative survey data on directly measured hiring costs in order to quantify both their magnitude and determinants at the firm-level. Our results show that hiring costs are substantial, as average hiring costs amount to more than one-quarter of wage payments. However, the level of hiring costs differs sharply by industry, occupation and the economic environment of the firm. Furthermore, our findings indicate that marginal hiring costs increase in the number of hires.

Keywords: Hiring costs; labor adjustment costs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J32 J63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
Date: 2008-03, Revised 2009-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hrm and nep-lab
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