In the heated debate over the state of US science, alarmists say there are too few young high-flyers; others, too many. Enter socologists Yu Xie and Alexandra Killewald, whose nuanced view is backed up by able number-crunching. The United States, they found, is still a scientific superpower: the workforce has grown, and the numbers of new graduates at all levels of higher education are rising. But the future is less certain: the number of US doctorate holders taking up academic posts is in decline and earnings are stagnant, for instance. --Nature, Thursday 12th July 2012
About the Author
Yu Xie is Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Alexandra A. Killewald is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.