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Give me your wired and your highly skilled: measuring the impact of immigration policy on employers and shareholders

  • Carl Lin


    (Beijing Normal University, IZA & Rutgers University)

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This paper links finance theory to labor economics in the context of migration and immigration policy. Using event analysis, I measure the impact of immigration policy on the firm profits, in particular the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA) of 1998 nearly doubled the available number of H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers in FY 1999. The empirical results show that top H-1B visa user industries enjoyed significant and positive excess returns with the passage of the Act, while industries with little need for H-1B visas experienced no significant changes. Several robustness checks support the results.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2011/17.

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Length: 92 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2011/9/doc2011-17
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