Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58443
Authors: 
Lofstrom, Magnus
Hayes, Joseph
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6259
Abstract: 
Combining unique individual level H-1B data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and data from the 2009 American Community Survey, we analyze earnings differences between H-1B visa holders and US born workers in STEM occupations. The data indicate that H-1Bs are younger and more skilled, as measured by education, than US born workers in the same occupations. We fail to find support for the notion that H-1Bs are paid less that observationally similar US born workers; in fact, they appear to have higher earnings in some key STEM occupations, including information technology.
Subjects: 
temporary workers
H-1B
immigration
high-skill
STEM
JEL: 
J8
J15
J18
J31
J61
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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