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ERIC Number: ED027834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 15
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Interregional Migration and the Education of American Scientists.
Bayer, Alan E.
Sociology of Education, v41 nl p88-102 Winter 1968
Migration exerts a significant influence in equalizing the distribution of talent, both quantitatively and qualitatively, in the US. The quality of graduate education offered in a region attracts students across regional boundaries. Personal and employment data on doctorate recipients in the physical, biological, and social sciences indicate that (1) those who migrate for their education attend better institutions than those who do not migrate, (2) those who migrate away from the region of graduate education have attended better institutions than those who do not migrate, (3) the most mobile group attends the best institutions, and (4) the least mobile group goes to the poorest institutions. Places where graduate education is the poorest and where little doctoral training is offered are also areas in which migration often helps the most, since Ph.Ds have to be imported for employment. While qualitative differences in migrant and non-migrant groups are significant, the qualitative differences between regions are even greater. It is concluded that regional inequities in the concentration of high-level manpower are likely to persist if migration continues as the primary equilibrium force, and if attempts are not made to correct regional differences in educational quality. (WM)
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