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Smith Business Close-Up: Wage Gap: Foreign IT Workers in U.S.

May 20, 2010
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With an unemployment rate of more than 9 percent and significant underemployment, some argue highly skilled foreign-born workers should be restricted from entering the United States on work visas. But do foreign workers really depress the wages of American workers as some reports claim?

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Henry C. Lucas Jr. and Sunil Mithas discuss their recent study of more than 50,000 information technology professionals that provides evidence to support the employment of highly skilled foreign workers in the U.S.

Lucas is the Robert H. Smith Professor of Information Systems and chair of the department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies. His research interests include information technology-enabled transformations of organizations, markets, industries and our daily lives. Mithas is an assistant professor of information systems. His research focuses on strategic management and impact of information technology resources which include IT investments and IT human capital.

Smith Business Close-Up is co-produced by the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Maryland Public Television. The television segment focuses on the latest thinking in business management, and features in-depth interviews with Smith School faculty and other members of the school’s community of business leaders.

Where to Watch
Smith Business Close-Up can be seen bi-weekly on Maryland Public Television's Your Business and Money. The program airs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and is repeated the following Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and Monday at 4:30 a.m. on public television stations throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region, including:

  • WMPB-TV (Ch. 67), Baltimore
  • WMPT-TV (Ch. 22), DC metro/Annapolis
  • WCPB-TV (Ch. 28), Salisbury
  • WFPT-TV (Ch. 62), Frederick
  • WWPB-TV (Ch. 31), Hagerstown
  • WGPT-TV (Ch. 36), Oakland

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.