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Can Universities Be Bribed to Train More Scientists?

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Science  21 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5551, pp. 2466-2467
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5551.2466

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Stanford University economist Paul Romer argues that U.S. universities deliberately underproduce science and engineering graduates because they are so expensive to train. His solution: Pay the universities to turn out more scientists and engineers. He's persuaded Congress to test his theory, but is money the real roadblock?