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Hiring in Border Regions: Experimental and Qualitative Evidence from a Recruiter Survey in Luxembourg
Gutfleisch, Tamara; Samuel, Robin
2022In Journal for Labour Market Research, 56
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Keywords :
Hiring intentions; Cross-border labour mobility; International workforce; Factorial survey experiment; Luxembourg
Abstract :
[en] Firms in border regions typically deal with heterogeneous applicant pools that include both (foreign) domestic workers and cross-border commuters. However, we know little about recruiters’ workforce needs and hiring practices in cross-border labour markets. Based on a survey of real recruiters in Luxembourg, this study presents experimental and qualitative findings on the role of country of residence in recruiters’ hiring intentions against foreigners. Luxembourg presents a rarely studied but highly relevant case for hiring practices owing to a combination of a strong economy, strict labour market regulations, and a transnational workforce. Drawing on data from a factorial survey experiment, we found no discrimination against Portuguese and French applicants living in Luxembourg. Yet, (highly skilled) cross-border workers from France and Germany faced disadvantages regarding recruiters’ hiring intentions. However, differences in effect sizes between foreigners and cross-border workers were small and not statistically significant. When further asked about the potential challenges of recruiting in Luxembourg’s cross-border labour market, respondents expressed concerns about flexibility, poor social fit, and cultural differences in hiring foreign and cross-border employees. Overall, our study provides further points of reference for studies on hiring intentions in cross-border labour markets across Europe.
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Gutfleisch, Tamara
Samuel, Robin ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC)
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Hiring in Border Regions: Experimental and Qualitative Evidence from a Recruiter Survey in Luxembourg
Publication date :
2022
Journal title :
Journal for Labour Market Research
ISSN :
2510-5027
Publisher :
SpringerOpen, United Kingdom
Volume :
56
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Migration and Inclusive Societies
Name of the research project :
EDYPOLU
Funders :
IRP
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