H-1B Visas: No Impact on Wages

– October 9, 2014

How, or even whether, H-1B visa holders have an impact on American wages is a hotly debated topic. Many argue that H-1B workers, the foreign-born, temporary, highly skilled workers that companies can hire for three to six years, drive down American wages. Others argue that H-1B workers actually earn more than Americans. At the heart of this debate is whether companies purposefully hire H-1B workers over U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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College Destinations: Beyond the Campus

– October 6, 2014

Choosing where to go to college is a complicated decision. Parents and students have to consider ever-rising tuition, academic reputation, college size…the list goes on and on. Thankfully, there are resources that examine these elements. AIER’s 2014-2015 College Destination Index (CDI) is meant to go beyond the individual college to look at cities and towns.

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College Destinations: How We Rank Them

– October 6, 2014

AIER’s College Destination Index (CDI) evaluates destinations based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s), as established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. 

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From Savings to Income

– August 13, 2014

More than one in three Americans is aged between 45 and 74 and is either in retirement or thinking about it. For most of these 100 million people, the days of pension plans are all but gone. Fewer than one in five workers is covered by a defined benefit retirement plan. Meanwhile, the 401(k) experiment is well underway. These defined contribution plans make individuals responsible for financing and managing their own retirements.

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Understanding the Affordable Care Act

– May 8, 2014

The purpose of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is to make health insurance more affordable for those with little or no coverage. Although the law includes some provisions intended to control costs, the most immediate impact to consumers will be on insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs for health care and on access to insurance.

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H1B Jobs: Filling the Skill Gap

– April 8, 2014

Business leaders in industries such as computer technology and finance claim that there are not enough high-skilled Americans to meet their demand for workers. They further argue that the dearth of qualified employees stifles industry competitiveness and U.S. economic growth. Consequently, firms have lobbied Washington since 2004 to increase the number of H1B visas, which grant temporary entrance to highly skilled immigrant workers. 

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Understanding the Affordable Care Act

– March 27, 2014

This Executive Brief summarizes the findings of an AIER analysis of the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act, on insurance costs through 2016.

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Social Security to Rise Again

– October 11, 2013

Retirees will see their monthly Social Security checks increase slightly beginning January because of the 2014 cost-of-living adjustment or COLA. AIER experts estimate that the COLA next year will be between 1.4 and 1.6 percent, a bit smaller than the 1.7 percent increase in 2013.

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