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H-1B Visas, Offshoring, and the Wages of US Information Technology Workers

Posted: 15 Apr 2009 Last revised: 10 Jun 2010

Prasanna Tambe

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

Lorin M. Hitt

University of Pennsylvania - Operations & Information Management Department

Date Written: April 14, 2009

Abstract

We use new sources of micro-data to estimate the short-run impact that H-1B employment has had on IT wages. Our primary data source describes employers, demographics, and wages for a segment of the US IT workforce. We integrate these data with external datasets describing employers’ H-1B applications, available through Department of Labor databases, and offshore employment, measured through the self-reported employment of a large sample of offshore IT workers.

Keywords: IT Workers, Globalization, H-1B Visas, Offshoring, Immigration, Job Displacement, Labor Shortage, Skills

Suggested Citation

Tambe, Prasanna and Hitt, Lorin M., H-1B Visas, Offshoring, and the Wages of US Information Technology Workers (April 14, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1380343

Prasanna Tambe (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

44 West 4th Street
New York, NY NY 10012
United States

New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences ( email )

44 West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

Lorin M. Hitt

University of Pennsylvania - Operations & Information Management Department ( email )

571 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
215-898-7730 (Phone)
215-898-3664 (Fax)

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