NBER Science and Engineering Workforce Project
Among all workers, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers are believed to have a disproportionately strong impact on the growth and prosperity of an economy. How society provides training, incentives, and jobs to such individuals therefore merits special attention.
The Science and Engineering Workforce Project (SEWP) based at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a network of labor economists and other researchers studying the professional development, deployment, and productivity of scientists, engineers, and highly skilled technical workers. Set up in 2001 with funding from the Sloan Foundation, the Project is directed by Professors Richard Freeman and Daniel Goroff of Harvard University.
Current research foci for SEWP include: wage levels and stipend policy, education and recruitment, graduate student unionization, career choices and trajectories, scientific competition and collaboration, funding mechanisms and incentives, as well as international development and immigration reform.
SEWP seeks to provide government, business, and labor with objective and timely analyses of scientific workforce issues. Network members meet each semester to connect their work with the concerns of policymakers, hi-tech employeres, and academic institutions.
In addition to economists, we welcome the participation of social scientists, statisticians, government officials, hi-tech employers, educational leaders, reformers, and researchers, as well as current or future scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.