STEM Workers, H-1B Visas, and Productivity in US Cities

@article{Peri2015STEMWH,
  title={STEM Workers, H-1B Visas, and Productivity in US Cities},
  author={Giovanni Peri and Kevin Y. Shih and Chad Sparber},
  journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
  year={2015},
  volume={33},
  pages={S225 - S255}
}
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers are fundamental inputs for innovation, the main driver of productivity growth. We identify the long-run effect of STEM employment growth on outcomes for native workers across 219 US cities from 1990 to 2010. We use the 1980 distribution of foreign-born STEM workers and variation in the H-1B visa program to identify supply-driven STEM increases across cities. Increases in STEM workers are associated with significant wage gains for… 
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