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Murat Demirci

University of Virginia

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September 2014Finishing Degrees and Finding Jobs: U.S. Higher Education and the Flow of Foreign IT Workers
with John Bound, Gaurav Khanna, Sarah Turner: w20505
The rising importance of Information Technology (IT) occupations in the U.S. economy has been accompanied by an expansion in the representation of high-skill foreign-born IT workers. To illustrate, the share of foreign born in IT occupations increased from about 15.5% to about 31.5% between 1993 and 2010, with this increased representation particularly marked among those younger than 45. This analysis focuses on understanding the role that U.S. higher education and immigration policy play in this transformation. A degree from a U.S. college/university is an important pathway to participation in the U.S. IT labor market, and the foreign-born who obtain U.S. degree credentials are particularly likely to remain in the U.S. Many workers from abroad, including countries like India and China w...

Published: Finishing Degrees and Finding Jobs: U.S. Higher Education and the Flow of Foreign IT Workers, John Bound, Murat Demirci, Gaurav Khanna, and Sarah Turner. in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 15, Kerr, Lerner, and Stern. 2015

June 2014Finishing Degrees and Finding Jobs: U.S. Higher Education and the Flow of Foreign IT Workers
with John Bound, Gaurav Khanna, Sarah Turner
in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 15, William R. Kerr, Josh Lerner, and Scott Stern, editors
The rising importance of Information Technology (IT) occupations in the U.S. economy has been accompanied by an expansion in the representation of high-skill foreign-born IT workers. To illustrate, the share of foreign born in IT occupations increased from about 15.5% to about 31.5% between 1993 and 2010, with this increased representation particularly marked among those younger than 45. This analysis focuses on understanding the role that U.S. higher education and immigration policy play in this transformation. A degree from a U.S. college/university is an important pathway to participation in the U.S. IT labor market, and the foreign-born who obtain U.S. degree credentials are particularly likely to remain in the U.S. Many workers from abroad, including countries like India and China w...
 
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