European Scientists and America
By Arnold Kling
No amount of funding can buy a culture of competitiveness. And if researchers don’t see opportunities for reward, they’ll take their talent to the States, where innovation and hard work are rewarded with generous grants, full credit and a financial stake in your work. “The U.S. has an entrepreneurial culture,” says Finnish molecular biologist Erkki Ruoslahti, who moved to the U.S. in the 1970s and helped build San Diego’s Burnham Institute into a top medical-research facility. “People tend to be more enterprising — because they have to be. Otherwise, they’re out of business.”
For Discussion. Should we be upset that European scientists are coming here to take American jobs?