I often wonder why Europe is doing better then America.
I take the example of my son as the type person who makes the decisions on the ease of doing things - and the resources available
He chose Germany to do his doctorate. It was easy to get into an university there. The country has a very good reputation and all the resources. He could pick a platform with a lot of respect attached.
and he has never lived in that country before.
America is very hard going
I would think that he represents an average academic