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Kevin Shih
Assistant Professor
Economics Department

Ph.D. 2015, University of California, Davis​


Kevin.Shih@qc.cuny.edu
Office: Powdermaker Hall 300O
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Kevin Shih is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Queens College. He is a labor economist who specializes in research on the economics of immigration. His work examines issues related to the causes and consequences of international migration flows. He has written articles on various topics, such as the impacts of skilled immigration via the H-1B visa program, the influence of DACA on the educational attainment of undocumented youth, and the implications of rising international student presence in US higher education. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Labor Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Public Economics. Additionally, his work has been featured in various media outlets, such as the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Vox, and the Financial Times. In addition to his current position at Queens College, Dr. Shih is an external fellow at the UC Davis Global Migration Center, and a Special Sworn Status researcher with the US Census Bureau. He received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 2015 and was an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to joining Queens College. He is a native of Queens, NY and is thankful to return home.

Publications:
Do Human Capital Decisions Respond to the Returns to Education? Evidence from DACA, with Elira Kuka and Na'ama Shenhav, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2020).

​ The Effect of the H-1B Quota on the Employment and Selection of Foreign-Born Labor, with Anna Maria Mayda, Francesc Ortega, Giovanni Peri, and Chad Sparber, European Economic Review (2018).

​ Do International Students Crowd-Out or Cross-Subsidize Americans in Higher Education? Journal of Public Economics (2017).

Labor Market Openness, H-1B Visa Policy, and the Scale of International Student Enrollment in the US, Economic Inquiry (2016).

STEM Workers, H1B Visas and Productivity in US Cities, with Giovanni Peri and Chad Sparber, Journal of Labor Economics (2015).​
 
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