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High-skilled immigration, STEM employment, and non-routine-biased technical change


Jaimovich, Nir; Siu, Henry (2017). High-skilled immigration, STEM employment, and non-routine-biased technical change. NBER Working Papers 23185, National Bureau of Economic research.

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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.

Abstract

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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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Immigration, STEM, directed technical change, job polarization
Language:English
Date:February 2017
Deposited On:17 Jan 2018 16:01
Last Modified:30 Jul 2018 05:45
Series Name:NBER Working Papers
Number of Pages:27
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3386/w23185
Related URLs:http://www.nber.org/papers/w23185

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