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Skilled Immigration and the Employment Structures of U.S. Firms

Sari Pekkala Kerr (), William Kerr () and William Lincoln ()

No 14-040, Harvard Business School Working Papers from Harvard Business School

Abstract: We study the impact of skilled immigrants on the employment structures of U.S. firms using matched employer-employee data. Unlike most previous work, we use the firm as the lens of analysis to account for a greater level of heterogeneity and the fact that many skilled immigrant admissions are driven by firms themselves (e.g., the H-1B visa). OLS and IV specifications find rising overall employment of skilled workers with increased skilled immigrant employment by firm. Employment expansion is greater for younger natives than their older counterparts, and departure rates for older workers appear higher for those in STEM occupations compared to younger worker.

Keywords: Immigration; Employment; Firms; Age; Scientists; Engineers; Inventors; H-1B. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 F22 J44 J61 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-lab and nep-mig
Date: 2013-11
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