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Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy

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  • Jacob Funk Kirkegaard

    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

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Kirkegaard explores the increasingly dysfunctional state of present US high-skilled immigration laws and recommends a coherent set of immediate reforms, which should aim to facilitate continuously high and increasingly economically necessary levels of high-skilled immigration to the United States. In recent decades American skill levels have stagnated and struggled to make the global top 10. As baby boomers retire, the United States risks losing these skills altogether. In response, the United States should address high-skilled immigration in its broader foreign economic policies in an attempt to remain a global leader in the face of accelerating global economic integration.

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  • Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, 2007. "Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy," Peterson Institute Press: Policy Analyses in International Economics, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number pa84, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:iie:piiepa:pa84
    Note: Policy Analyses in International Economics 84
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    Cited by:

    1. Jennifer Hunt, 2011. "Which Immigrants Are Most Innovative and Entrepreneurial? Distinctions by Entry Visa," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 29(3), pages 417-457.
    2. William R. Cline, 2015. "The Financial Sector and Growth in Emerging Asian Economies," Working Paper Series WP15-5, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
    3. Jennifer Hunt, 2013. "Are Immigrants the Best and Brightest U.S. Engineers?," NBER Working Papers 18696, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Ted Davis & David M. Hart, 2010. "International Cooperation to Manage High-Skill Migration: The Case of India-U.S. Relations," Review of Policy Research, Policy Studies Organization, vol. 27(4), pages 509-526, July.

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