Issue Brief

How Has The Field Mix of Academic R&D Changed? (December 2, 1998)

This Issue Brief examines changes in R&D emphasis in the academic sector, which conducts roughly half of the Nation's basic research, by analyzing shifts in S&E field shares during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Tradeoffs among fields are examined-i.e., whether certain fields have gained or lost "market share." The Issue Brief discusses both the shifting distribution of overall funds among S&E fields and the effects of these changes in terms of their impacts on the individual fields.

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