Panel: Addressing the Problem of Reverse Brain Drain in U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fields
(Innovations in Science and Technology)

Friday, November 9, 2018: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
8229 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chairs:  Stuart Bretschneider, Arizona State University
Discussants:  Branco Ponomariov, University of Texas, San Antonio

The Case of Reverse Brain Drain: Why Do Foreign-Born Ph.D. Recipients Leave the U.S.?
John David Selby1, Stuart Bretschneider2 and Elizabeth Corley1, (1)Arizona State University, (2)Syracuse University

Reverse Brain Drain: A Study of Indian Scientists and Engineers in Academia
Meghna Sabharwal, University of Texas, Austin and Roli Varma, University of New Mexico

Immigration Policy and Stay Rates of STEM PhDs
Megan MacGarvie and Shulamit Kahn, Boston University

When International Mobility Meets Local Connections: Evidence from China
Feng Li, Hohai University and Li Tang, Fudan University

The papers presented in this panel explore different aspects of science and technology policy that contribute to the increasing problem of reverse brain drain from the U.S.  Many talented and promising foreign born scientists and engineers receive doctoral degrees each year at U.S universities.  Unfortunately, an increasing number of these scientists and engineers are leaving the U.S. to return to their home countries or other countries.  This pattern has significant negative implications for the state of science and engineering in the U.S. now and in the future.  All three paper discuss policy related issues from both the perspective of the home country, making return more desirable, and US policy associated with both positive and negative incentives for staying.

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