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High-Skilled Immigration: Budgetary and Economic Effects
March 10, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Immigration is a contentious issue, particularly in an economic downturn. But even now, employers in critical sectors ranging from information technology to finance are seeking highly skilled immigrants. These workers are in limited supply because foreign applicants face stringent caps on green cards and temporary work visas. Legislators and other policy makers need to make decisions on this issue on the basis of the overall effects of high-skilled immigrants on economic growth and innovation, the wages and employment of domestic workers, and the effects on government budgets, which are less well understood.
The Technology Policy Institute is releasing a new paper on the fiscal effects of immigration by Senior Fellow Arlene Holen and is hosting a conference to help inform immigration policy.
This event and TPI’s work on immigration are supported by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The Honorable Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives
Stuart Anderson, Executive Director, National Foundation for American Policy
Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Arlene Holen, Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Thomas M. Lenard, President, Technology Policy Institute
Vin O’Neill, Senior Legislative Representative, IEEE-USA