Saturday, April 27, 2013

A running list of links to the report (updated)

...for my own records if nothing else.

- Washington Post - good summary, with a focus on the shortage argument

- Slate (Matt Yglesias) - focus on shortage argument - a counter-argument that STEM guestworkers are good anyway but no attempt to explain why we should be uniquely happy to have STEM workers such that we'd give them a special visa

- Philadelphia Inquirer - a more labor protectionist take on the report, with special considerations about New Jersey

- Science Careers (here and here) - by one of the best science job market journalists around

- WSJ Real Time Economics blog - focuses on a causal link between stagnant wages and guestworkers that I don't think we make, but is probably right

- Innovation

-The Business Journal - on the opposition, with particular reference to the new computer science jobs estimated by the BLS. Generally I don't put much stock in these forecasts, but we ought to write up something on that.

- Science Insider hits the point that Ross Eisenbrey (VP of EPI) likes to emphasize about crowding out of domestic students from STEM.

- Huffington Post

- The Register

- Two posts on the Demos blog. This one is supportive. This one has a really odd criticism which verges on accusing us of not doing due diligence methodologically that I address in the comment thread.


- My favorite so far, from Carney at CNBC - highlighted in the next post.


  1. Long time reader and first time commenter. Just wanted to randomly mention that your paper (which I have only skimmed) reminds me of a 1958 paper titled An Economic Analysis of the Market for Scientists and Engineers written by Armen Alchian, Kenneth Arrow, and William Capron [it can be found online at:]. Just though you might find it interesting from a historical perspective.

    1. TMiller - thanks so much for sharing this. I am very familiar with and have been influenced by the Arrow-Capron article of around the same time but did not know they had a RAND publication with Alchian.

      I have a couple pages together on the history of the early economic research into STEM labor markets that I want to try to work up into something longer this summer. This will be a great addition.

      Thanks so much and always feel free to comment!


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