Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific TalentIs the United States falling behind in the global race for scientific and engineering talent? Are U.S. employers facing shortages of the skilled workers they need to compete in a globalized world? Such claims from some employers and educators have been widely embraced by mainstream media and political leaders, and have figured prominently in recent policy debates about education, federal expenditures, tax policy, and immigration. Silicon Valley companies and tech industry trade groups in particular have lobbied and claimed publicly in the context of the immigration reform debate that they face a severe shortage of U.S. workers in many science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. But what does the evidence show?
In his new book, Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific Talent, Michael Teitelbaum, a Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School, former Vice President of the Sloan Foundation, and a former member of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (the Jordan