Journal Article

FDI and Migration of Skilled Workers Towards Developing Countries: Firm-Level Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors

  • Rezart Hoxhaj
  • Léa Marchal
  • Adnan Šerić
Publication Date

This article investigates the determinants of the employment of foreign skilled workers by firms operating in Sub-Saharan African countries. We use cross section firm-level data on a large sample of foreign and domestic firms collected through the Africa Investor Survey 2010 by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. We find evidence of a strong complementarity between foreign capital inflows and the employment of foreign skilled workers. Our results also indicate that interventions in improving the working regulation and skilled workers immigration regimes may stimulate foreign skilled workers transfer by firms, and thereby foreign direct investments.

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JEL Classification
F21, F22, F23, J61
DOI
10.1093/jae/ejv022

Key Words

  • Expatriation
  • FDI
  • Skilled migration
  • sub-Saharan Africa