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High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Employment, and Non-Routine-Biased Technical Change

Nir Jaimovich, Henry E. Siu

NBER Working Paper No. 23185
Issued in February 2017
NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Labor Studies

We study the role of foreign-born workers in the growth of employment in STEM occupations since 1980. Given the importance of employment in these fields for research and innovation, we consider their role in a model featuring endogenous non-routine-biased technical change. We use this model to quantify the impact of high-skilled immigration, and the increasing tendency of such immigrants to work in innovation, on the pace of non-routine-biased technical change, the polarization of employment opportunities, and the evolution of wage inequality since 1980.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23185

Forthcoming: High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Employment, and Non-Routine-Biased Technical Change, Nir Jaimovich, Henry E. Siu. in High-Skilled Migration to the United States and its Economic Consequences, Hanson, Kerr, and Turner. 2017

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