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Substitution between Groups of Highly-Educated, Foreign-Born, H-1B Workers

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Highly-educated foreign-born workers can secure legal US employment through the H-1B program. The annual cap on H-1B issuances varies across individuals' US educational experience, H-1B work history, and employer type. Caps are met quickly in most but not all years. This paper exploits these differences to identify whether firms substitute across different sources of highly-educated, foreign-born, H-1B labor. New H-1B workers without advanced degrees from US universities substitute with new H-1B workers possessing advanced US degrees. We find no evidence for substitution with established H-1B workers.

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  • Sparber, Chad, 2018. "Substitution between Groups of Highly-Educated, Foreign-Born, H-1B Workers," IZA Discussion Papers 12028, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    skilled workers; H-1B status; immigrant;

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    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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