Foreign workers in Malaysia: labour market and firm level analysis

  • Ximena Del Carpio World Bank
  • Ҫağlar Özden World Bank
  • Mauro Testaverde World Bank
  • Mohamed Marouani Université Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne)
  • Bjorn Nilsson Université Paris-Dauphine
  • Mathis Wagner Boston College


This paper presents the employment patterns of foreign workers in Malaysia using two key datasets, the Malaysian Labour Force Survey and the Economic Census, which are compiled by the Department of Statistics of Malaysia. The datasets provide complementary individual- and firm-level information about the employment of foreign workers and offer a comprehensive picture of the utilisation of foreign labour in the country. The datasets discussed should be useful for other researchers to further explore the questions raised in the paper.

Author Biographies

Mohamed Marouani, Université Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne)

Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies (IEDES), Paris1-Pantheon-Sorbonne University

Bjorn Nilsson, Université Paris-Dauphine

PSL, Université Paris-Dauphine

How to Cite
CARPIO, Ximena Del et al. Foreign workers in Malaysia: labour market and firm level analysis. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, [S.l.], v. 52, n. 1, p. 1-19, june 2015. ISSN 1511-4554. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 june 2018.