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Evaluating the H-1B Visa Program: Theoretical Issues


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  • Peter Schaeffer

    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Mulugeta Kahsai

    (Department of Technology, Virginia State University)

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    The H-1B visa program is popular and controversial at the same time. It is supposed to serve U.S. interests by helping bring some of the most talented scientists and engineers (S&E) to this country. There is considerable dispute, however, whether the program is successful in this regard, or whether employers misuse it to undercut the salaries of citizens and green card holders who apply for the same positions. This paper sorts out some of the theoretical issues that complicate empirical analyses and which, if ignored, could produce misleading results.

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    Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 200908.

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    Length: 9 pages
    Date of creation: 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:200908

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    Keywords: immigration; visa policy; highly skilled migrants; migration theory;

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