H-1bs: How Do They Stack Up to US Born Workers?
33 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2012
Combining unique individual level H-1B data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and data from the 2009 American Community Survey, we analyze earnings differences between H-1B visa holders and US born workers in STEM occupations. The data indicate that H-1Bs are younger and more skilled, as measured by education, than US born workers in the same occupations. We fail to find support for the notion that H-1Bs are paid less that observationally similar US born workers; in fact, they appear to have higher earnings in some key STEM occupations, including information technology.
Keywords: temporary workers, H-1B, immigration, high-skill, STEM
JEL Classification: J8, J15, J18, J31, J61
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