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On Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) will co-host a debate featuring EPI Research Associate Ron HiraHal Salzman of Rutgers, and representatives from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Brookings Institution on whether the U.S. labor market lacks high-skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and if so, whether immigration is the solution. Hira and Salzman will present their research that shows the United States is not experiencing a shortage of STEM workers.

EPI’s research has found no evidence of a shortage of STEM workers in the United States. In Guestworkers in the high-skill U.S. labor market, Hal Salzman of Rutgers University, Daniel Kuehn of American University, and B. Lindsay Lowell of Georgetown University found little evidence to support expansion of high-skill guestworker programs. Contrary to many industry claims, the study showed that U.S. colleges and universities provide an ample supply of highly qualified science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates.

What: Debate on whether the U.S. labor market lacks enough high-skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields

Who: Ron Hira, Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology

Hal Salzman, Professor, Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Jonathan Rothwell, Associate Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Moderator: Kevin Finneran, Editor-in-Chief, Issues in Science and Technology

When: Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: National Academies’ Keck Building
500 Fifth St., N.W. (208)
Washington,DC
20001

To RSVP, email William Dube at wdube@itif.org.