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High-Skilled Migration to the United States and Its Economic Consequences

Immigration policy is one of the most contentious public policy issues in the United States today.  High-skilled immigrants represent an increasing share of the U.S. workforce, particularly in science and engineering fields. These immigrants affect economic growth, patterns of trade, education choices, and the earnings of workers with different types of skills. The chapters in this volume go beyond the traditional question of how the inflow of foreign workers affects native employment and earnings to explore effects on innovation and productivity, wage inequality across skill groups, the behavior of multinational firms, firm-level dynamics of entry and exit, and the nature of comparative advantage across countries.

272 pages | 1 halftone, 101 line drawings, 31 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2018

National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor, Economics--Development, Growth, Planning, Economics--Urban and Regional

Table of Contents

Gordon H. Hanson, William R. Kerr, and Sarah Turner
1. High-Skilled Immigration and the Comparative Advantage of Foreign-Born Workers across US Occupations
Gordon H. Hanson and Chen Liu
2. The Innovation Activities of Multinational Enterprises and the Demand for Skilled-Worker, Nonimmigrant Visas
Stephen Ross Yeaple
3. Digital Labor Markets and Global Talent Flows
John Horton, William R. Kerr, and Christopher Stanton
4. Understanding the Economic Impact of the H-1B Program on the United States
John Bound, Gaurav Khanna, and Nicolas Morales
5. High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Employment, and Nonroutine-Biased Technical Change
Nir Jaimovich and Henry E. Siu
6. Firm Dynamics and Immigration: The Case of High-Skilled Immigration
Michael E. Waugh
Author Index
Subject Index

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