ITIF Debate: Is There a STEM Worker Shortage?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
National Academies' Keck Building
500 Fifth St., N.W. 208
Washington, DC 20001

The issue of high skill immigration is receiving increased attention as Congress considers comprehensive immigration legislation. Underlying this issue is an ongoing debate surrounding the U.S. labor market for high-skill workers, including those in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The key policy questions being discussed include: is there a shortage of STEM workers in the U.S. economy; is the U.S. education system producing enough STEM graduates with requisite STEM education; and does high-skill immigration negatively affect the domestic supply of STEM talent?

ITIF will host a lively debate on this critical policy issue. Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF, and Jonathan Rothwell, an Associate Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will argue that the United States does face a STEM worker shortage, which is hampering the development of the innovation economy, and high-skill immigration should be used as a tool to address the skills gap. Hal Salzman, Professor of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology, will counter that the country is not experiencing a STEM shortage, and increased immigration will simply exacerbate unemployment and hurt U.S. workers. The debate will be moderated by Kevin Finneran, editor of the National Academies' Issues in Science and Technology.

The event is free, open to the public and complies with ethics rules. This event will not be live streamed but a video recording will be available the day after the event.

Read "The Real Story on Guestworkers in the High-skill U.S. Labor Market."

03/12/2014 13:0003/12/2014 14:30America/New_YorkITIF Event: ITIF Debate: Is There a STEM Worker Shortage? National Academies' Keck Building, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, DC 20001More information:
Kevin Finneran
Issues in Science and Technology
Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Ron Hira
Associate Professor and Acting Chair
Department of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jonathan Rothwell
Associate Fellow
Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Hal Salzman
Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University