Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Maybe We Need to STEM the Tide?

In two previous posts (here and here), I blogged about the imaginary shortage of STEM college majors and employment levels in the United States.  Well, maybe folks are starting to pay attention -- from a National Review Online article yesterday:
But in a new report, my Center for Immigration Studies colleague Karen Zeigler and I analyze the latest government data and find what other researchers have found: The country has well more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels of wage growth for such workers for more than a decade. Both employment and wage data indicate that such workers are not in short supply.

Reports by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the RAND Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the National Research Council have all found no evidence that STEM workers are in short supply. After looking at evidence from the EPI study, PBS entitled its story on the report “The Bogus High-Tech Worker Shortage: How Guest Workers Lower U.S. Wages.” This is PBS, mind you, which is as likely to report skeptically on immigration as it is to report skeptically on taxpayer subsidies for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The STEM shortage myth is a worldview that supporters of immigration want to force everyone to buy into...I'm not saying I'm for or against immigration per se, but rather just want to point out who the beneficiaries of this trumped up issue are likely to be.