THE COPY ON THE COVER of The Economist of October 7-13, 2006, reads: "The search for talent: Why it's getting harder to find." Talent in this survey is defined as the ability to solve complex problems or invent new solutions. And inside the magazine, a 15-page special report describes how this kind of talent has become the world's most sought-after commodity—especially in high-tech industries—and how the shortage is causing fierce rivalry across the globe. The battle, says the report, is no longer just among companies competing for human resources, but also among countries that fret about the "battle of brains" as well as the "balance of power."

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