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High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Employment, and Non-Routine-Biased Technical Change

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  • Nir Jaimovich
  • Henry E. Siu

We study the role of foreign-born workers in the growth of employment in STEM occupations since 1980. Given the importance of employment in these fields for research and innovation, we consider their role in a model featuring endogenous non-routine-biased technical change. We use this model to quantify the impact of high-skilled immigration, and the increasing tendency of such immigrants to work in innovation, on the pace of non-routine-biased technical change, the polarization of employment opportunities, and the evolution of wage inequality since 1980.

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Date of creation: Feb 2017
Publication status: Forthcoming: High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Employment, and Non-Routine-Biased Technical Change , Nir Jaimovich, Henry E. Siu. in High-Skilled Migration to the United States and its Economic Consequences , Hanson, Kerr, and Turner. 2017
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