Kevin Shih

Assistant Professor, Economics

Kevin Shih joined the Department of Economics in 2015 as an Assistant Professor. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the economic impacts of skilled immigration under the guidance of Giovanni Peri.

Dr. Shih’s research explores the economic forces that give rise to international migration and the impacts of immigration on receiving economies, technological change, higher education and labor markets. His research has been published in various academic journals and featured in news media outlets. In 2014, Dr. Shih’s groundbreaking research on the labor market effects of H-1B immigrants was used by the Council of Economic Advisors as the centerpiece of a November 2014 report that informed President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Dr. Shih is the recipient of the National Bureau of Economic Research pre-doctoral fellow, and holds research affiliate positions with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, the Temporary Migration Cluster, and the Institute of International Education. 

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of California, Davis

M.A., University of California, Davis

B.A., Claremont McKenna College