Labor Markets and Skills

The most important policy to boost economic opportunity is one that focuses on shifting the occupational mix toward fewer low-wage jobs and more middle-wage ones.
Labor Markets and Skills
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July 1, 2010
Are American's colleges really preparing graduates for the modern economy?
June 10, 2010
A new study shows H-1B visas for foreign professionals actually promote U.S. high tech employment.
November 15, 2009
Rob Atkinson describes how better data needs to be available on America's colleges and universities.
October 7, 2009
American universities play an important role in spurring technological innovation, job creation and U.S. economic competitiveness. But they can do more, especially if the federal government makes a more concerted effort to help universities commercialize and transfer new technologies.
July 16, 2009
Please join us for a discussion of a new ITIF report, How IT Can Enable 21st Century Schools with the report authors, Tim McDonald and Curtis Johnson of the Education|Evolving. The authors will discuss why the existing school reform movement has stalled, how information technology can enable the emergence of fundamentally new kinds of schools.
July 16, 2009
In a new ITIF report, How IT Can Enable 21st Century Schools Tim McDonald and Ted Kolderie of the Education|Evolving, discuss why the existing school reform movement has stalled and how information technology (including computers, software and communications) can enable the emergence of fundamentally new kinds of schools
May 21, 2009
Please join ITIF to discuss how “Fiber to the Library” (FTTL), as a national spearhead deployment project, could quickly deliver access to next-generation broadband.
October 29, 2008
This blog post reviews findings of a recent academic study on the low numbers of women in advanced mathematics programs, citing a need “to make math cool again” to spur U.S. competitiveness, because now doing mathematics for fun is “deemed uncool within the social context of USA middle and high schools…and can lead to social ostracism.”
October 1, 2008
This report shows how IT is the key enabler of many of today’s key improvements in our lives and society—from better education and health care, to a more energy-efficient environment.
March 20, 2007
American competitiveness in the innovation-driven global economy has become a subject of intense concern, with many pointing to the shortage of well-trained American scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians (STEM). Amid the proliferation of policy proposals to address the problem, however, one critical component has been largely overlooked: the role of specialty math and science high schools. In a new report, ITIF argues that such schools graduate deeply knowledgeable and passionate students of science and math who are more likely to pursue these fields in college and beyond. As a result, funding the expansion of specialty science and math schools must be an important part of any solution to the STEM challenge. The report recommends taking steps to triple enrollment in math and science high schools to reach 140,000 by 2012.

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