Scientific Talent and U.S. Economic Leadership
About This Event

For the past half century, the United States has been the world’s scientific and technological leader: American multinationals are at the forefront of commercial technologies; U.S. exports are disproportionately from sectors that rely extensively on scientific and engineering workers; leading-edge technologies play an important role in sustaining rapid U.S. productivity growth; and technological prowess is a key source of U.S. military might. But much evidence points to an erosion of U.S. dominance in science and engineering. The American share of science and engineering graduates is declining rapidly, and new centers of technological excellence are forming in Europe and Asia. What do these developments portend for U.S. economic leadership? How should the United States respond to an erosion of its technological dominance?

Agenda
1:45 p.m.
Registration
2:00
Presenter:
RICHARD B. FREEMAN, Harvard University
Discussants:
STEVEN J. DAVIS, AEI
DAVID E. WEINSTEIN, Columbia University
Moderator:
KEVIN A. HASSETT, AEI
4:00
Adjournment
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Kevin A.
Hassett
  • Kevin A. Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also a resident scholar and AEI's director of economic policy studies.



    Before joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia (University) Business School. He served as a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

    Hassett has also been an economic adviser to presidential candidates since 2000, when he became the chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain during that year's presidential primaries. He served as an economic adviser to the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign, a senior economic adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign, and an economic adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

    Hassett is the author or editor of many books, among them "Rethinking Competitiveness" (2012), "Toward Fundamental Tax Reform" (2005), "Bubbleology: The New Science of Stock Market Winners and Losers" (2002), and "Inequality and Tax Policy" (2001). He is also a columnist for National Review and has written for Bloomberg.

    Hassett frequently appears on Bloomberg radio and TV, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, NPR, and "PBS NewsHour," among others. He is also often quoted by, and his opinion pieces have been published in, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Hassett has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.

  • Phone: 202-862-7157
    Email: khassett@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Emma Bennett
    Phone: 202-862-5862
    Email: emma.bennett@aei.org

 

David E.
Weinstein
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