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Skilled Immigration and the Employment Structures of U.S. Firms

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  • Sari Pekkala Kerr
  • William R. Kerr

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  • William F. Lincoln

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We study the impact of skilled immigrants on the employment structures of U.S. firms using matched employer-employee data. Unlike most previous work, we use the firm as the lens of analysis to account for a greater level of heterogeneity and the fact that many skilled immigrant admissions are driven by fi rms themselves (e.g., the H-1B visa). OLS and IV speci cations find rising overall employment of skilled workers with increased skilled immigrant employment by firm. Employment expansion is greater for younger natives than their older counterparts, and departure rates for older workers appear higher for those in STEM occupations compared to younger worker.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number wp1071.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2014
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Keywords: Immigration; Employment; Firms; Age; Scientists; Engineers; Inventors; H-1B.;

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  1. Christoph Basten & Michael Siegenthaler, 2013. "Do immigrants take or create residents’ jobs? Quasi-experimental evidence from Switzerland," KOF Working papers, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 13-335, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
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