Is the U.S. Falling Behind in the Global Race for Scientists and Engineers?

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Michael Teitelbaum and Robert Charette


Is the United States falling behind in the global race for scientific and engineering talent? Are U.S. employers facing shortages of the scientists and engineers they need to survive in increasingly competitive, technology-driven global markets? Coming from some of the nation’s most prominent businessmen and educators, such claims are widely accepted by the mainstream media and by many political leaders. They continue to figure prominently in public debates about education, immigration, spending and tax reform policies. But where is the evidence behind such claims and what does it show?

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