Luke O’Neill on McCarthy Report

Ireland“… The exchange highlights again the need to get some serious discussion going on the aims of science policy in Ireland and the potential return. Some people are arguing that pure short-term commercial pay-off should be the key metric, which seems ludicrous. For example, we need also to think about the potential return from having more PhD trained people working in the public and private sectors. While the trajectory at present has been for Irish PhD’s (and indeed in Europe more generally) to move toward the public sector, we do not know whether this is necessarily a bad thing …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 18 August]

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