AIS Transactions on Replication Research


This study is a conceptual replication of Mithas and Lucas (2010) (hereafter ML). It investigates whether foreign information technology (IT) workers are paid higher than native IT workers. It replicates ML using three US national surveys: Current Population Survey, National Survey of College Graduates, and American Community Survey. While being able to obtain the same results as ML, this study shows that the estimated wage premium to foreign IT workers may differ across data sources used, predicting variables that are controlled, and the estimation methods applied. Further analysis using comparable subsamples reveals that sample size may also play a role in estimating the wage premium. This study enriches literature on wage differentials between foreign and native IT workers and deepens our understanding on the impact of foreign IT workers on the natives.