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Title:H-1Bs: How do they stack up to US born workers? PDF Logo
Authors:Lofstrom, Magnus
Hayes, Joseph
Issue Date: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
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201203016393
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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