There is a global race underway for one of the key ingredients of economic vitality: talent. Countries are competing for the best and brightest scientists, engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs—the kinds of people who spark the economy and propel it forward by producing new discoveries, commercializing big ideas, and growing successful companies. The United States has long been a magnet for the best talent in the world, particularly in science and engineering disciplines. But now, as American policymakers engage in a necessary debate about low-skill immigration, that issue has been conflated with the separate issue of high-skill STEM immigration, and the unfortunate result has been unduly harsh scrutiny and stricter limits on the latter. Meanwhile, as the United States pulls back on high-skill immigration, other nations and regions, such as Canada, China, and Europe are rushing to capitalize on the void.
Please join ITIF for a panel discussion examining the global talent puzzle. William Kerr, a professor at the Harvard Business School and author of the new book The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society, will provide a keynote address. His book explores why talented migration drives the knowledge economy, explains the controversies of the H-1B visa, and discusses how the United States can become more competitive in attracting tomorrow’s talent. He will be joined by an expert panel of respondents.