Do Employers Value Return Migrants? An Experiment on the Returns to Foreign Work Experience
Working Paper 48
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Oct 27, 2016
- Employers do not appear to value work experience abroad: Job applications with foreign work experience receive 12 percent fewer callbacks than otherwise identical job applications.
- The callback rate appears to decrease for workers who spend a longer time abroad than in the home country.
- Suggestive evidence indicates that the depreciation of location-specific human capital appears to be the most plausible explanation. Employers value workers who have experience in local production processes. But the value of this location-specific human capital deteriorates as workers spend time away from the local economy.
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