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Lies, damned lies and statistics May 10, 2006

Posted by Tom in Economic Development, Research, Workforce.
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Richard Florida uses "The Flight of the Creative Class" to drive home the point that America's stifling social and immigration policies are driving our young creative professionals away to other countries.  In addition, this reputation is responsible for rerouting precious technical studies graduate students (engineering, math and other sciences) to schools in other countries.  Florida presents this situation not as a temporary issue but a systemic problem.

I then find that the Council on Competitiveness unearthed a study that indicates that applications for student visas are up 11% over last year.  The Council uses this statistic to say that any post-9/11 hesitation by foreign students is long-gone.  

What to believe?  Is this a systemic problem?  Was it a temporary blip as America went into its shell after 9/11?  These are important questions to answer in the context of the issues driving this blog; student migration patterns can drastically affect both workforce and economic development.  

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