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Forum 17:

Stem, Immigration, and Controversy: Does the U.S. Have Enough STEM Workers?

Held Thursday, October 9, 2014

Forum Summary

The United States has a long history of concerns about shortages of scientists and engineers, which has resulted in the government subsidizing STEM education and R&D. More-recent policy responses have included large increases in visas for science and engineering students and temporary workers from other countries. Today, international students earn most of the Ph.D.s awarded by U.S. engineering schools, and they constitute a large share of Ph.D. students and postdocs in the sciences. Those in computer-related occupations receive half of all H-1B visas, and in recent years have been filling 20 to 25 percent of net new IT jobs. Professor Teitelbaum, author of Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific Talent, will discuss how the demand for and supply of STEM workers has been shaped and reshaped by public policies since World War II.

Publications Related to this Forum

View Teitelbaum's articles relevant to this forum: "A degree of professionalism" (2007) and "Do We Need More Scientists?" (2004)