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


Sari Pekkala Kerr


Wellesley College (WCW)

William R. Kerr


Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

William Fabius Lincoln


Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College

November 15, 2013

Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 14-040

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: Immigration, Employment, Firms, Age, Scientists, Engineers, Inventors, H-1B

JEL Classification: F15, F22, J44, J61, O31


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Date posted: November 16, 2013  

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Kerr, Sari Pekkala and Kerr, William R. and Lincoln, William Fabius, Skilled Immigration and the Employment Structures of U.S. Firms (November 15, 2013). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 14-040. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2354963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2354963

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Sari Pekkala Kerr
Wellesley College (WCW) ( email )
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02181
United States
William R. Kerr (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )
Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States
William Fabius Lincoln
Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College ( email )
500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States
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