Globalization, recruitments, and job mobility

Carl Davidson, Fredrik Heyman, Steven Matusz, Fredrik Sjöholm, Susan Chun Zhu

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Previous research indicates that firms pay a premium to poach workers from exporting firms if experience working for an internationally engaged firm reduces trade costs. Because international experience is less valuable to non-exporters, we would expect to see differences in recruitments between firms that are internationally engaged and those that serve only the domestic market. Moreover, increased openness might lead to higher job-to-job mobility if more globalization raises both the share of exporters and the number of workers with skills that make them attractive for other exporters. Using linked Swedish employer–employee data for the period 1997 to 2013, we find systematic differences between the way exporters and non-exporters recruit workers: exporters have a relatively high share of recruitments from other exporters as hypothesized. We also find some suggestive evidence that increased openness correlates positively with upward mobility for occupations that play a major role in international commerce, such as professionals and managers.

Sidor (från-till)357-386
TidskriftCanadian Journal of Economics
Tidigt onlinedatum2023 mars 29
StatusPublished - 2023

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We thank two anonymous referees and the editor for comments that helped us improve the paper. We have also benefitted from the feedback provided by seminar participants at the University of Nottingham. Fredrik Heyman and Fredrik Sjöholm gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Jan Wallander och Tom Hedelius stiftelse. Fredrik Heyman also acknowledges financial support from the Johan och Jakob Söderbergs stiftelse and the Torsten Söderbergs Stiftelse, and Fredrik Sjöholm from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

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© 2023 Canadian Economics Association.

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