Friday, January 04, 2013

Paula Stephan

a labor economist is chosen as the person of the year by Science Careers. Her work highlighted in the article seems to be mostly about American science:
 "In numerous articles and books, and as a member of scholarly bodies and study commissions examining the situation and prospects of young scientists, Stephan has long expounded the view that the current graduate and postdoctoral training system constitutes, in her words, a “pyramid scheme.” This system, she has repeatedly shown, uses young and aspiring scientists as cheap labor for professors’ grant-funded research and then fails to provide the career opportunities that have been implicitly or explicitly promised."

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