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Paul Harrington, PhD, Professor, Drexel University School of Education

Paul Harrington, PhD


Program Affiliation

MS, Higher Education
Selected Works:
  • “Labor Market Problems Experienced by Teens and Young Adults with Functional Mental Limitations,” Work: Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, Forthcoming.
  • “The Aging of the American Workforce and Disability: A Widespread Need for Accommodations and Universal Design Strategies,” Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Special Issue (Forthcoming) January 2012.
  • “Rising Mal-Employment and the Great Recession: The Growing Disconnection between Recent College Graduates and the College Labor Market,” Continuing Higher Education Review, Vol. 75, 2011, pp. 51-65.
  • “The Collapse of the Labor Market for 16- to 24-Year-Olds,” Cascade: A Community Development Publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, No. 78, Fall 2011, pp. 6-7.
  • “People with Disabilities in Higher Education and the Labor Market: A Research Summary of the Postsecondary and Labor Market Experiences, Transitions and Outcomes of People with Disabilities,” prepared for the National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation, October 2011.
  • “Non Farm Payroll Employment Developments among States during the Great Recession and the Jobless Recovery,” prepared for the National Association of Workforce Boards, Washington DC, August 2011.
  • “The Increased Presence of Older Workers in the Massachusetts Labor Market: Implications for Workforce Development Policies, Workplace Accommodation, and Universal Design,” paper prepared for the Commonwealth Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts, July 2011.
  • “Rising Demand for Older Workers Despite the Economic Recession: Accommodation and Universal Design for the New American Workforce,”Public Policy and Aging Report, Volume 1, Number 1, pp. 11-17, Winter 2011.
  • “The Underemployment of Persons with Disabilities during the Great Recession,” The Rehabilitation Professional, Volume 19, Number 1, 2011, pp. 3-10.

For a complete list of publications, visit The Center for Labor Markets & Policy website.

  • Health Labor Markets
  • Teen and Young Adult Job Access
  • College Labor Market
  • High School to College Transition
  • Drop-Outs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Job Market Transition
  • Disability in the Labor Market
  • Older Workers
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Economic Outlook
  • Immigrants in the College Labor Market
  • Workforce Development, Planning, and Evaluation
  • Drexel University 
    Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy (January 2011 – present)
  • Drexel University, School of Education
    Professor (January 2011 – present)
  • Northeastern University
    Associate Director, Center for Labor Market Studies (1985 – present)
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor (Washington, D.C.)
    Labor Economist (1975-80)

Paul Harrington has been a Professor in the School of Education’s Higher Education Professor since 2011. He also serves at the Director for the Center of Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University. Harrington has published works on a variety of research topics including health labor markets, college labor market, disability in the labor market, and economic outlook. He can be reached at 215-571-3855 and at