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Substitution between groups of highly-educated, foreign-born, H-1B workers

Chad Sparber ()

Labour Economics, 2019, vol. 61, issue C

Abstract: 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. Regressions find no evidence for substitution with established H-1B workers.

Keywords: Skilled workers; H-1B Status; Immigration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2019.101756

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