Skilled immigration and the employment structures of US Firms
Sari Pekkala Kerr, William Kerr, William Lincoln 16 March 2014
Though skilled immigration is of great importance to the US, no consensus has been reached in the public discourse about its effects on citizen workers and economic growth. This column looks at a different perspective of this relationship. It explores the effect of skilled immigrants on the employment structures of US firms using employer-employee data. The results show the total skilled employment by the firm increases with increases in skilled immigrant employment. However, the employment expansion is greater for younger natives than for their older counterparts.
Skilled immigration is of great importance to the US, representing 16% of US workers with a bachelor’s degree, and 29% of the growth of this labour force over the period 1995-2008. Presently, proponents for increased skilled immigration argue that it supports economic growth, and some have gone so far as to say that the alternative would be paramount to ‘national suicide’. Opponents believe skilled immigration is already too high and hurts the outcomes of citizen workers.
Labour markets Migration
skilled immigration, US firms