Panel 2: Immigration Policy and the Availability and Cultivation of Talent to Support U.S. Universities’ Missions

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Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (ET)

What metrics should we use to measure the costs and benefits of various immigration policies that aim to attract STEM talent? What are the most valuable adjustments to the existing immigration programs relevant to universities? How, if at all, should universities change their approach to immigration? Foreign students and scholars make up an important element in the pipeline to staff faculty and research positions in universities and the private sector. Will current immigration policies lead to a future talent shortage, especially in STEM fields?


DANY BAHAR, Watson Institute at Brown University
ESTHER BRIMMER, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
RICHARD FREEMAN, Harvard University and NBER
CAROLINE WAGNER, The Ohio State University
STUART BENJAMIN, moderator, Duke Law School


Co-sponsors: The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law; Duke Law Center for Law, Ethics and National Security; Duke University Office of Research & Innovation; Duke University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

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