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Paul Harrington, PhD

Professor; Director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy

School of Education

Contact:

paul.e.harrington@drexel.edu

215.571.3855

Harrington has authored or co-authored more than 14 books. He has studied workforce development and human resource policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor, the Rhode Island Board of Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
 
Harrington received the "Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Our Workforce" from the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association in 2004 and the "Building a World Class Workforce Award" from the U.S. Department of Labor, National Association of State Workforce Agencies in 2003.

For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell). 

In the News

  • Serious Gains: A Summer Job May Lead to a 25 Percent Higher Salary

    Research by Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was referenced in a July 26 MSN Money story about how working a summer job could lead to a higher salary.

  • Why Your Pool’s Lifeguard is More Likely to be a Senior Citizen

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a July 3 Washington Post article about older adults and retirees becoming lifeguards — a job that historically has been a rite of passage for high-schoolers and college students.

  • Only 1 in 3 Teens Will be Working or Looking For a Job This Summer. Here's Why Utah is Higher Than the Norm

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a May 24 Deseret News (Utah) story about the state of teen employment. The story references Harrington's research into the summer job outlook for American teens.  

  • Is it a Job Seeker’s Market?

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was a guest on the May 23 edition of WHYY’s “Radio Times With Marty Moss-Coane” in a segment about unemployment numbers and wages, and how they are affecting those looking for work.

  • Why American Teenagers are Less Likely to Find a Summer Job

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a May 7 MarketWatch story and a May 10 Business Insider story about his new study on teen employment.

  • Too Much Competition, Too Few Workers, but Philly Manufacturers are Still Hopeful

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an April 6 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the employment levels of immigrants who earned their college degrees in the U.S., and immigrants who came here with degrees from their home countries.

  • Brain Waste: Immigrants With Foreign Degrees Find U.S. Employers Reluctant to Hire Them

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an April 6 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the challenges immigrants with foreign degrees face when trying to find a job.

  • At the School District’s Newest High School, Students Will Also get an Associates Degree

    A study about the number Philadelphia students who enroll in college by Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was mentioned in an Oct. 18 Philadelphia Citizen story.

  • Employment Goes Negative In Month Fraught With Hurricanes

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an Oct. 6 InsideSources story about structural unemployment and the negative job growth in the economy, likely due to the recent string of hurricanes.

  • An 'Uncomfortable' Life: Philly Still America's Poorest Big City

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Sept. 13 Philadelphia Inquirer article about how Philadelphia’s poverty rate stagnated while the U.S. rate declined leaving it as one of the poorest big cities.

  • The Teen Unemployment Rate is the Lowest it’s Been in Years — but That’s not a Good Thing

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center For Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an Aug. 7 Market Watch article about teen unemployment and whether the economic recovery could be leaving this group behind.

  • R.I. Surpasses Pre-Recession Jobs Peak

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center For Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in two Providence Journal stories on July 20. The first references Rhode Island's recent job market recovery from the Great Recession. The second, discusses how middle-class job growth has not been part of the recovery.

  • Kids Today: They Don't Work Summer Jobs the Way They Used To

    Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a June 23 Associated Press story about how more teenagers are choosing summer school over jobs. Harrington’s research was also featured in a June 22 CNBC article.

  • Why Amazon-Whole Foods May Not be a Prime Union Target

    Paul Harrington, a professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy in the School of Education, was quoted in a June 21 USA Today article about Amazon's Whole Foods purchase and how Whole Foods' lack of unions is one of the things that made the chain an attractive purchase.

  • Four Tips For Teen Jobseekers

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was featured in a June 11 NJ.com story offering tips for teen job seekers.

  • Black Degrees Matter

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an April 7 Philadelphia Citizen story regarding his study "Diplomas to Degrees" a seven year longitudinal study of Philadelphia public school students. 

  • Too Much Competition, too few Workers, but Philly Manufacturers are Still Hopeful

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an April 6 Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding an annual survey of Philadelphia's regional manufacturers and companies who are increasingly planning to substitute capital for labor. 

  • R.I. Struggles to Regain Jobs Lost in Recession

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a March 17 the Providence Journal article regarding R.I.’s struggle to recover jobs lost from recession.

  • Tiverton Woman an Example of the Pipeline to Manufacturing Jobs in R.I.

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Feb. 13 Providence Journal article about a Drexel study that demonstrated those who completed short-term training programs were more likely to get jobs, remain employed and earn higher wages compared to a group who did not take the program.

  • R.I. Economic Growth Expected to be Sluggish Through 2020

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Jan. 17 Providence Journal regarding Rhode Island's recovery from the Great Recession, and the economic outlook for the state through 2020.


  • How Employers And Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities For Young People

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center For Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Jan. 13 Forbes story about how to improve employment opportunities for young people.

  • Rhode Island: Economists Eye Impacts of Trump Presidency

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Nov. 10 Providence Journal story about the potential economic impact of a Trump presidency.

  • Incomes Up 5.6 Percent, But R.I. Still Lag Neighbors

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in two Sept. 15 Providence Journal stories, one about the rise of incomes in Rhode Island and the other about loss of jobs and rise of unemployment in the state.

  • A Matter of Degrees

    Research by Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, and Neeta Fogg, a labor market economist in the Center was referenced in an article posted to the Notebook April 5.

  • A Matter of Degrees

    Research by Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, and Neeta Fogg, a labor market economist in the Center was referenced in an article posted to the Notebook April 5.

  • Lehigh Valley Wal-Mart Workers Tout Pay Raises

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an Allentown Morning Call story on March 11 about Wal-Mart's decision to increase the salary of employees in Pennsylvania.

  • Data Pulse: Health Care is not a Jobs Cure-All

    Paul Harrington, PhD, professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Providence Journal article Feb. 5 about health care jobs.

  • Sheetz, Wawa Jack Up Pay In Battle For Workers

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Public Policy, was quoted in a story picked up by Bloomberg Business on Jan. 14 about WaWa and Sheetz raising wages to compete for workers.

  • How to Go From Homeless to Employed

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education, was mentioned in a Dec. 3 Philly.com story about disconnected young people into the workforce. 

  • Reconnecting With a Productive Path

    Research on “disconnected” youth by Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, and Neeta Fogg, PhD, a labor economist in the Center, was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sept. 28. Harrington was also quoted in a Boston Globe story about millenials and a mobile labor market on Sept. 25. On Sept. 28, he was quoted in a Providence Journal article about Gear Up, a program to help low-income students attend college.

  • Rhode Island College Drops 'Undeclared' Major

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Providence Journal article on Sept. 1 about undeclared majors.

  • As Health Care Shifts to Homes, Need for Home Health Aides Grows

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Aug. 30 about the rising job market for home health aides.

  • How the Future Will Work

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an Aug. 2 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the future of workers.

  • How Teens can Land Summer Jobs

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a June 15 WHYY-FM segment about a new study on teen employment.

  • It's Summer. Where Are Students Working?

    A new study on teen employment by Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was featured in a June 3 Education Week story

  • Summer Job Crunch

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a May 26 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) segment about the teen summer job market in Philadelphia.

  • College Grad Hiring Blitz Hits Philly

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a May 22 PhillyMag.com “Biz Philly” post about college graduate hiring in Philadelphia.

  • Researchers Found that Philly Teens Have the Highest Unemployment Rate in the Nation

    A new study on teen employment by Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was featured in a May 12 KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) radio segment.

  • Would you Like Some Regulations With That Order?

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was mentioned in a Las Vegas Review Journal article on April 2 for his study on teen employment. 

  • Teen Unemployment Remains Stubbornly High, Study Finds

    A report on teen employment in Chicago by Drexel's Center for Labor Markets and Policy was featured in the Chicago Tribune on Jan. 30. Paul Harrington, PhD, director of the Center and a professor in the School of Education, was quoted.

  • Who Doesn't get Paid Sick Leave?

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a CNN Money article on Jan. 20 about paid sick leave.

  • Job Numbers Soar, but Obama Gets No Credit

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a CNN.com story on Dec. 5 about why soaring job numbers aren’t helping President Obama’s approval ratings.

  • A Bit of College Can Be Worse Than None at All

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an Oct. 13 Wall Street Journal article for the Center’s analysis of Current Population Survey data on millennials with college experience.

  • Northeastern closes nationally known research center

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Boston Globe article on Oct. 2 about Northeastern University closing its nationally known Center for Labor Market Studies. He also was quoted in a Providence Journal article about unemployment in Rhode Island on Oct. 3.

  • Middle Class Squeeze: Who exactly is middle class?

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in the Providence Journal on Sept. 13 about economic struggles facing the middle class.

  • O'Malley intervention could me faster deal in Hopkins Hospital labor dispute

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Baltimore Sun story on July 1 about a labor dispute at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

  • Inspire Youth Workforce to Boost S.D. Economy

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in an Argus Leader story that was picked up by USA Today on June 17 about workforce issues in South Dakota.

  • Are teen jobs becoming a luxury good?

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Boston Globe story on May 4 about teen jobs vanishing and in a Providence Journal story on May 4 about economic disparity.

  • Wage war brews at Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article on April 1 about workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital threatening to strike.

  • Employers must seek realistic hires, not perfect ‘unicorns’

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Feb. 17 Providence Journal opinion piece about employers seeking realistic hires.

  • Manufacturing in Philadelphia

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was interviewed in a Dec. 15 WCAU-TV (NBC 10) segment about a new report on manufacturing opportunities in Philadelphia.

  • College degrees that are profitable and popular

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Nov. 20 Philadelphia Metro article about profitable and popular college degrees.

  • Mobility for young adults in the U.S. hits 50-year low

    Paul Harrington, PhD, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story on Nov. 15 about mobility for young adults hitting a 50- year low.

  • 3 On Your Side: Holiday Hiring

    Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS-3) on October 9 about holiday hiring.

  • Forget Unemployment, Time to Worry About ‘Mal-Employment’

    Research by Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, and Dr. Neeta Fogg, a research professor in the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was referenced in a TIME.com article about ‘mal-employment’ on October 3.

  • College-educated workers are taking jobs that don't require degrees

    Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on September 20 in a story on mal-employment among college graduates. He was also quoted in a Providence Journal story on Rhode Island’s unemployment rate.

  • Is College Worth It?

    Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was interviewed on FOX-40 TV (Sacramento) on September 9 about whether or not college is worth the investment.

  • Is College Worth the Investment?

    Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was interviewed on KFBK-AM (Sacramento) on September 6 about whether college is worth the investment.

  • The Kids Aren’t All Right, and Neither Is Abercrombie & Fitch

    Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek story on August 22 about teen employment.

  • Standing on the corner, Philly man is begging for a job

    Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Philadelphia Daily News story on August 22 about the “hidden unemployed" – those who aren't counted in the official unemployment figures compiled and released by the government.

  • Summer Jobs Elude Many Teenagers

    Dr. Paul Harrington, a professor in the School of Education and director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about teen employment on August 20 and a Wall Street Journal blog post on August 21.

  • There are Signs the Local Job Scene is Brighter

    Dr. Paul Harrington, director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy in the Goodwin College, was quoted in the Philadelphia Business Journal about the state of the job market.

  • Millions of U.S. Jobs Vacant, but Millions More Americans Out of Work

    Dr. Paul Harrington, professor and director for the Center of Labor Market and Policy, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer in a column about the U.S. job market.

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