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Ron Hira, Columbia University

rh2107@columbia.edu

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Contradictory Theories

U.S. Industry used the argument that looser H-1B regulations saved U.S. jobs by preventing movement offshore

Hira argues that H-1B policy accelerated the movement offshore for IT work

Training is the responsibility of the worker but engineering half-lives are short

Short term vs. medium term vs. long-term impacts may be very different

Technology cycles shorter

Electrical Engineering careers more volatile

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