Professor Claims Critical Omissions in Research on H-1B Visa Workers

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 05-27-2010
Matloff believes after evaluating the Maryland research that there is a substantial conflict in the findings with other academic research. Matloff sat down with eWEEK to discuss the plethora of problems he calls "disturbing" in the Maryland study.

In response to a recently published University of Maryland study, eWEEK interviewed Norman Matloff of the University of California, Davis, to get his perspective on the findings. The Maryland findings claim H-1B visa holders typically earn more in wages in the U.S. when you control for education level and several other factors. eWEEK interviewed the Maryland study's authors, Assistant Professor Sunil Mithas and Professor Henry Lucas, last week. Why are H-1B visa holders earning more than U.S. workers? According to the Maryland study, "because of their intangible human capital, rigorous screening and selection processes and willingness to work across borders, [foreign visa workers] are likely to earn higher wages than U.S. citizen IT professionals." The following is the question-and-answer interview with Matloff that occurred on May 26 over e-mail.

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