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U.S. colleges lag in meeting labor needs

January 5, 2010

American colleges and universities are only "moderately responsive" to changes in the labor markets according to a new paper by three economists.

Preliminary results of the study were presented on Jan. 4, at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.

The study's authors argue that the findings have public policy implications. If American businesses do not want to rely on foreign workers in particular fields, they will need to consider strategies to expand the production of domestic degrees in key areas, such as:

  • financing research or graduate fellowships
  • lowering barriers to the creation of new specialty schools
  • providing incentives for existing institutions to increase enrollment

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