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Pay Inequality Makes for Better Science

Income inequality is rife in the world of U.S. science—and it's for the better



Arno Ghelfi; SOURCE: SURVEY OF DOCTORATE RECIPIENTS, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 2011

The U.S. has long enjoyed a preeminent position in the world of science. The nation does more research, publishes more articles that are cited by more scientists and wins more Nobel Prizes than any other. It has also long been the chief destination for scientists and engineers from other countries—many U.S. Nobel laureates are foreign-born.

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