John Bound

Bound, Khanna, and Morales find multiple effects of H1-B visas on US tech industry

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"H-1B Visas Keep Down U.S. Tech Wages, Study Shows" - Wall Street Journal. 3/14/2017.

A recent NBER report by PSC researcher John Bound, U-M PhD grad Gaurav Khanna, and U-M grad student Nicolas Morales is cited in this Wall Street Journal piece on the impacts of H-1B visas on the tech industry. Bound et al., who looked at impacts during 1994-2001, conclude that high-skill foreign workers in the US on H-1B visas led to more innovation, cheaper products, and higher tech industry profits, but also to lower wages and employment for US-born workers given the availability of cheaper labor. They say: “In the absence of immigration, wages for US computer scientists would have been 2.6 percent to 5.1 percent higher and employment in computer science for US workers would have been 6.1 percent to 10.8 percent higher in 2001.”

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Additional Media Coverage:

"H-1B Visas Keep Down U.S. Tech Wages, Study Shows" - America's Voice. 3/14/2017.

"H-1B visa immigration program erodes wages, curbs hiring: study" - Silicon Beat. 3/14/2017.

"H-1B visa lowers wages of American workers, says new research paper" - News India Times. 3/14/2017.

"Is Immigration Bad For The Economy? H-1B Visas Lower Tech Sector Wages, Study Finds" - International Business Times. 3/14/2017.

"H1-B Visas Drive U.S. Workers Away from Tech Jobs and Depress Wages" - Breitbart. 3/15/2017.

"Report: H-1B visas led to lower wages for US employees" - CIO Dive. 3/15/2017.

"H-1B Visas Keep Down US Tech Wages Says Study. Will It Cause Harm to Indian IT Companies?" - Entrepreneur - India. 3/17/2017.

"Research looks at who gains most from high-skilled foreign workers" - University Record. 3/29/2017.

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