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We can turbocharge our technology industry with immigration reform

June 27, 2017 | No Comments »
More on: Labor Markets, Looming labor shortages

by Brian Schaitkin and Diane Lim

Today, “tech week” begins at the White House. The five-day confab will reportedly see the likes of technology experts and big-name CEOs like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Oracle’s Safra Catz, and Apple’s Tim Cook.

They plan on covering a host of topics, including the elephant in the room: our fundamentally flawed immigration system. Left unaddressed, the issue poses a growing threat to several sectors including tech. For a course correction, it would behoove summit participants to consider a policy blueprint just put forth by the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board.

States have vastly different levels of access to foreign-born health care workers
As the report details, under the current immigration system the federal government chooses only a small share of immigrants based on their educational training and work experience. While more than one million immigrants received permanent resident status in 2015, the federal government admitted just 14 percent through employment-based visa programs.

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This Lost Generation May Finally Buy Pricey Things Now That Their Paychecks are Soaring

March 10, 2017 | No Comments »
More on: Growth, Productivity & Competitiveness, Labor Markets


This piece originally appeared in “The Street.”

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