If you think immigration is only an issue that concerns unskilled and blue collar laborers and that globalization doesn’t impact you…you might want to consider the broader impacts; specifically the H1B Visas and “offshoring“. While illegal immigration tends to have a greater negative impact on unskilled labor and tradesmen there is a new study that focuses on the impact of H1B visas and “offshoring” on comfy white collar jobs. Here’s the abstract of the paper by Tambe and Hitt:
We use new sources of micro-data to estimate the impact that H-1B and offshore employment have had on the wages of native IT workers. Our primary data source describes employers, demographics, and wages for a segment of the US IT workforce. We integrate these data with external datasets describing employers’ H-1B applications, available through Department of Labor databases, and offshore employment, measured through the self-reported employment of a large sample of offshore IT workers. Our estimates indicate that H-1B admissions at the current levels are associated with a 5-6% drop in wages for computer programmers and systems analysts. Offshoring appears to lower the wages of a slightly broader class of IT workers, including IT managers, by about 3%. These effects are larger for employees exposed to external labor market forces, such as new graduates or job-hoppers. The implications of these findings for IT workers, policy makers, and managers are discussed.
The study entitled “H-1B Visas, Offshoring, and the Wages of US Information Technology Workers” by Prasanna B. Tambe of New York University – Stern School of Business and Lorin M. Hitt of University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School was relased on April 14 2009 and has been taken down from general public review due to the unanticipated media reaction. I can only imagine what stage of apoplexy the immigration and globalization advocates flew into over this report.
What’s disconcerting is the apparent self imposed censorship being applied here. Academia is supposed to be about open discourse and peer review. It seems that the politcal left yearns for free speach and romanticizes dissent when they like the message but when thier worldview is threatended they strap on the black boots.