February 12, 2004

German brain drain

Really no news among the overeducated (who have long been grumbling about having to compete with foreign PhDs for American teaching positions, without having a fair shot at foreign positions themselves), but here are some hard figures from Davids Medienkritik (translated from Deutsche Welle):

After investing tens of thousands in education and training costs, Germany is losing its best qualified professionals to better paid positions elsewhere, economists complain. . .

Every seventh person with a doctorate in science leaves Germany for the United States, The Scientist magazine has reported. Three of the four German Nobel Prize winners work in the United States. . .

"American universities offer scientists better pay conditions, more time for research and less time spent teaching," said Peter Doermann, a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology near Berlin. Some estimates say that scientists can earn three times as much money working in the United States compared to Germany.

Of course, this is nothing compared to a generation back, when my alma mater's founding father, Walter Cook, famously stated: "Hitler is my best friend. He shakes the tree, and I gather the apples."

Posted by David on February 12, 2004 10:38 AM

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