Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/180344
Authors: 
Das, Gouranga Gopal
Marjit, Sugata
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 7082
Abstract: 
With the ensuing immigration reform in the US, the paper shows that targeted skilled immigration into the R&D sector that helps low-skilled labor is conducive for controlling inequality and raising wage. Skilled talent-led innovation could have spillover benefits for the unskilled sector while immigration into the production sector will always reduce wage, aggravating wage inequality. In essence, we infer: (i) if R&D inputs contributes only to skilled sector, wage inequality increases in general; (ii) for wage gap to decrease, R&D sector must produce inputs that goes into unskilled manufacturing sector; (iii) even with two types of specific R&D inputs entering into the skilled and unskilled sectors separately, unskilled labor is not always benefited by high skilled migrants into R&D-sector. Rather, it depends on the importance of migrants’ skill in R&D activities and intensity of inputs. Inclusive immigration policy requires inter-sectoral diffusion of ideas embedded in talented immigrants targeted for innovation.
Subjects: 
HIB
immigration
innovation
wage gap
skill
R&D
policy
RAISE Act
JEL: 
F22
J31
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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