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U.S. Engineering in a Global Economy

Richard B. Freeman and Hal Salzman


The labor market for specialists in STEM jobs is a complex and controversial topic for economists, labor market researchers, and policy makers. U.S. Engineering in a Global Economy continues a long tradition of research by the NBER into both the supply and demand sides of the engineering job market, while also expanding the scope beyond the United States to consider the practice of engineering and innovation in a global economy. Contributors draw on the most up-to-date data on engineering education and practice to explore the challenges of developing an engineering workforce that can contribut ... More

Keywords: engineering labor force, engineer supply and demand, engineer demographics, engineering education, productivity, innovation, STEM, H-1B guestworkers, engineering licensing

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226468334
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226468471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard B. Freeman, editor
Harvard University

Hal Salzman, editor
Rutgers University

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Richard B. Freeman and Hal Salzman

1 The Engineering Labor Market

Daniel Kuehn and Hal Salzman

I Engineering Education

2 Career Plans of Undergraduate Engineering Students

Shannon K. Gilmartin, anthony lising antonio, Samantha R. Brunhaver, Helen L. Chen, and Sheri D. Sheppard

3 Engineering Educational Opportunity

Catherine J. Weinberger

4 Bridging the Gaps between Engineering Education and Practice

Samantha R. Brunhaver, Russell F. Korte, Stephen R. Barley, and Sheri D. Sheppard

II Engineering and Innovation

6 What Goes On under the Hood?

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III Engineers and Labor Markets

7 The Influence of Licensing Engineers on Their Labor Market

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8 Dynamics of Engineering Labor Markets

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