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The Demand for High-skilled Workers and Immigration Policy

Thomas Bauer () and Astrid Kunze ()

No 11, RWI Discussion Papers from RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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