Foreign Participation in U.S. Research and Development: Asset or Liability?

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During the past decade, foreign participation in U.S. research and development--through acquisition of R&D-intensive businesses, links with universities, and other arrangements--has expanded rapidly.
This emergence of foreign influence has drawn a mixed response--some regard the trend as a positive corollary to the expanding involvement of U.S.-owned companies in national markets abroad. Others consider it a net liability for Americans that often benefits foreign companies and their home economies at U.S. expense.
There exists a large gap in expert and public understanding of the drivers, nature, and consequences of foreign participation in the nation's technology enterprise. This volume seeks to close this gap and reviews
  • The nature of R&D activities and how they contribute to economic development.
  • The causes, scope, and nature of foreign involvement in U.S.-based R&D activity and the associated costs, risks, benefits, and opportunities of this trend.
  • The merits and liabilities of policies to regulate foreign R&D participation.
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Analyzes the implications of foreign participation in US research and development. Reviews the nature of R&D activity and how it contributes to economic development, and details the causes and scope of foreign involvement in US-based privately and publicly funded R&D activity. Discusses the associated risks and benefits for the US, and the merits and liabilities of existing as well as proposed policies to regulate foreign participation in US R&D. For policymakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 15
2 The Contribution of R&D to U.S. Economic Development 29
3 Foreign Participation in Privately Funded U.S. R&D 39
4 Foreign Participation in Publicly Funded U.S. R&D 90
5 Findings and Recommendations 140
References 159
Committee and Staff Biographies 172
App. Agenda 181
App. Participants 183
Index 185
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