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H-1Bs: How Do They Stack Up to US Born Workers?

  • Lofstrom, Magnus


    (Public Policy Institute of California)

  • Hayes, Joseph


    (Public Policy Institute of California)

Combining unique individual level H-1B data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and data from the 2009 American Community Survey, we analyze earnings differences between H-1B visa holders and US born workers in STEM occupations. The data indicate that H-1Bs are younger and more skilled, as measured by education, than US born workers in the same occupations. We fail to find support for the notion that H-1Bs are paid less that observationally similar US born workers; in fact, they appear to have higher earnings in some key STEM occupations, including information technology.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6259.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6259
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