Anna Maria Mayda, Francesc Ortega, Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih, Chad Sparber, 01 April 2018

The H-1B programme allows high-skilled foreign nationals to temporarily work in the US. This column explores how changes in H-1B policy affect the quantity and characteristics of workers entering the country through the programme. The results suggest that reductions in the cap on H-1B workers have particularly hindered the employment of the highest ability foreign-born workers and have not led firms to hire more Americans.

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