Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104794
Authors: 
Buch, Tanja
Hamann, Silke
Niebuhr, Annekatrin
Rossen, Anja
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
HWWI Research Paper 159
Abstract: 
Human capital is a driving factor of innovation and economic growth. Economic prospects of cities depend on high qualified workers' knowledge and therefore, attracting highly qualified workers plays a fundamental role for cities' prospects. This study contributes to the question which factors primarily determine the mobility-decision of highly qualified workers by investigating the determinants of the migration balance of German cities between 2000 and 2010. Furthermore, it compares the effects of several labour- and amenity-related variables on migration rates of highly qualified workers and the remaining workforce. Findings suggest that local labour market conditions influence the mobility decision but amenities matter too for the high-skilled. The preferences of the highly qualified workers partly differ from those of the rest of the workforce. However, there are also several factors that do not show systematic differences across skill groups.
Subjects: 
migration
cities
qualification level
highly qualified
labour market conditions
amenities
Germany
JEL: 
C23
J61
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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