The treatment of our forthcoming report looks good. Some economics-minded people might be interested in this line:
"Since then, however, a large and continuing flow of foreign IT workers on temporary visas has caused drastic change. "The IT industry [now] appears to be functioning with two distinct market patterns: a domestic supply (of workers and students) that responds to wage signals (and other aspects of working conditions such as future career prospects) and a guestworker supply that appears to be available independent of standard wage and employment signals, plentiful even when wages decline or are stagnant. … [T]he flow of guestworkers from low-wage countries appear[s] to provide firms access to labor … in plentiful supply at wages … too low to induce increased supply from the domestic workforce.""The author must have had an old draft. I made sure the line "appears to be available independent of standard wage and employment signals" was changed to clarify that they are responding to wage signals, but because of the wage differential between the United States and abroad there is a steady supply regardless of wage trends in IT here.
I think it's an interesting lesson that different people talk about things in different ways. I am writing with a sociologist and a demographer and it's going to be read by policy analysts, natural scientists, and economists. Everyone has a slightly different perspective on it and is going to take a slightly different story away. People with an economics background know why that line bothered me initially.
I'm very excited for this report to come out. Different people are going to take it different ways. Some people will take it as an anti-immigration argument (I don't think it has to be at all but I can see what people who are against immigration would like about it). I'm trying to prepare myself to take it all in stride.
My view is this (shouldn't be new to readers): I am pro-immigration, but I think people have legitimate interests in differentiating between immigrants and guestworkers. In other words, I want lots of immigrants and tend to leave it to democracy to decide how many guestworkers we have (I'd be pretty generous myself). I think our current guestworker programs are badly structured, and that they ought to give guestworkers more mobility between employers (part of this has to do with the interaction of employer sponsored green cards and guestworker visas) and not distinguish between different types of workers (low skill, high skill, etc.).