Why Not Science? Career Choices of Talented Americans
Yu Xie, University of Michigan
Alexandra Achen, University of Michigan
In a larger project, we attempt to address the following question, using data from a variety of sources: Why has there been a marked decline during recent decades in the proportion of native-born American youths who pursue scientific careers? In this paper, we study career trajectories of talented American youth using national, longitudinal education data for three cohorts: National Longitudinal Study of 1972 (high school seniors in 1972), High School and Beyond (high school sophomores in 1982), and National Education Longitudinal Study (8th graders in 1988).
Presented in Session 142: Educational Trends and Trajectories