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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title High-skilled immigration, STEM employment, and non-routine-biased technical change
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  • Nir Jaimovich
  • Henry Siu
  • English
Institution National Bureau of Economic research
Series Name NBER Working Papers
Number 23185
Number of Pages 27
Date 2017
Abstract Text 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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Keywords Immigration, STEM, directed technical change, job polarization