Chest-Beating Fact of the Day

According to the economist Richard B. Freeman, the United States, with just 5 percent of the world’s population, employs a third of its high-tech researchers, accounts for 40 percent of its research and development, and publishes over a third of its science and engineering articles.

Full article on America’s supply of high-tech workers.

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  1. Jeff says:

    So we’re not in decline afterall.

  2. Joe says:


  3. H. James Prince says:

    Hear, hear!

  4. Gabriel Odom says:

    While I agree with the point that these work visas for high tech jobs create the equivalent of indentured servitude for these talented immigrants, isn’t this policy a bit protectionist?

  5. Studebaker says:

    Something struck me when I read this. The U.S. is willing to invest heavily in R&D. Our competitive advantage is out supply of high-tech workers and knowledge. Throughout much of the world, cheap labor and cant low environmental regulations are their competitive advantage. Thus, much of the world stands to gain by ignoring our patents and copying our intellectual property, which is so easily copied.