The U.S. is currently 4th in the world for innovation. However, in order to maintain and increase innovation the country must invest in the younger generation. In a study on innovators, researchers found that students from low income families were less likely to file a patent for an invention than students from high income families. They also found a lack of diversity in this area with white males as the majority. Instead of focusing on getting the most out of current innovators, as the government does now, it should turn to younger generations from diverse backgrounds to inspire new visionaries. Investing in future innovators while they are young will lead to long run economic growth in the U.S.
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