Current Research Projects

Research on New Immigrants and the College Labor Market

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

This research project includes analysis of the degree of utilization of the productive potential of college-educated immigrants in the US labor markets, with special reference to outcomes associated with degrees earned from U.S. institution relative to degrees awarded abroad. This study will examine labor market utilization or underutilization of immigrant college graduates in the form of labor force participation, unemployment, underemployment and mal employment and provide an overall estimate of the underutilization problems confronting those immigrant college graduates with no earned U.S degrees.

Labor Market Analysis for Vocational Rehabilitation

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the U.S. Department of Education

CLMP staff will provide planning, consultation, and training services for the State and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation around the use of labor market information (LMI) to improve employment outcomes for State/DVR consumers. In this on-going project, we will assess the current use of LMI, develop a curriculum and training materials on effective use of LMI data, and provide training to state staff and contractors around use of LMI to improve employment outcomes for State/DVR consumers.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of College Crusade GEAR-UP Dropout Prevention and College Enrollment Efforts

College Crusade of Rhode Island and U.S. Department of Education

This research project is composed of both a formative evaluation designed to provide ongoing measures of program activity and outcomes relative to the program performance benchmarks and a summative evaluation designed to assess the impact of GEAR-UP interventions on a number of key outcomes including high school completion, college enrollment and college retention.

Rhode Island Higher Education Performance Measurement and Labor Market Research

Rhode Island Office of Higher Education

This on-going research includes the development of a set of indicators to annually measure the performance of the public higher education institutions in Rhode Island. Produce annual school to public higher education transition reports for each high school in the state. Analyze data from the Data Warehouse maintained by the Center for Labor Markets and Policy to study the retention, persistence and graduation of students in the public higher education system in the state. Examine labor market developments at the national, regional and local level and interpret findings as they pertain to higher education policy and programs.

Developing a Marketing Approach to Job Development and Placement

Commonwealth Corporation

Create a web-based tool-- The Job Guide-- that allows workforce development organizations to target job development and marketing activities at specific employment, based on a market segmentation strategy. The Job Guide system developed under this project seeks to support job development efforts that target specific employers most likely to hire clients served by career centers, educational institutions and other education and training organizations. The Job Guide segments the labor market into industry-occupation segments to provide targeted job search for jobseekers. Included in the Job Guide approach is a client assessment tool and employer relations management tool in addition to an industry-occupation labor market segmentation system. This initiative also includes the provision of training on a marketing approach to job development and placement and labor market information to education, training and workforce development professionals.

Why has the Youth Employment Rate Collapsed? A Qualitative Exploration

Commonwealth Corporation

Employment rates of teens and young adults have declined precipitously since the late 1990s limiting the opportunity to acquire the work experience that can bolster their employment and earnings experiences over their working lives. This research is a qualitative pilot study that seeks to identify some of the major barriers that have emerged to employment of young people, to identify those groups who have replaced young people in industries and occupations that have been mainstays of employment for young people. It seeks to examine the way that the education and workforce development system might be able to rebuild pathways to employment for non-college bound teens and young adults, to better understand the nature of hiring transactions in the high school labor market, and to assess how high schools, community colleges and workforce development programs could better meet the recruitment and hiring needs of employers.

Recently Completed Research Projects

The Post-Secondary Transition and Retention of High School Seniors with Disabilities

National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Institute for Human Centered Design

This study created a new approach to developing highly accurate estimates of the post secondary enrollment and retention of high school seniors who were enrolled in special education and related programs for students with a variety of disabilities. The study is based upon a unique unit record database developed by the Center for Labor Markets and Policy containing the demographic and socioeconomic traits, academic proficiencies in high school, and high school behaviors of high school graduates combined with data on their postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and graduation.

Understanding the Labor Market Experiences of Persons with Disabilities

National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Institute for Human Centered Design

This research analyzed the employment and earnings of persons with disabilities along a variety of dimensions. One area of focus was on Disability and the Great Recession that examined the impact of the Great Recession on the labor force participation, employment and underutilization experiences of persons with disabilities. A second area of focus examined the potential influence of mal employment among college graduates with disabilities on their annual earnings deficit relative to non-disabled college graduates. A third key area examined the labor market experiences of young persons with alternative types of mental disabilities. This study also examined the impact of an aging workforce on expected rates of disability among those participating in the job market in the coming years.

Aging Labor Force and Human Resource Management

The New England Council This study utilized a number of data bases as well as focus groups and related qualitative methods to gain an understanding of the aging of the workforce in New England and the nation and its implications for human resource management in the business community. Research was conducted at the regional and state level that examined the historic and current labor force activities of the working-age population and produced projections of future labor force growth. Focus group studies examined current and expected employer adjustments to a sharp rise in the share of their workforce in the age 55 and older category.

Disconnected Youth in Los Angeles-Long Beach

Cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach/ U.S. Conference of Mayors

This was a follow-up study to an earlier analysis that examined the problems of disconnected youth in the Los Angeles-Long Beach California area that was conducted early last decade. This study produced updated data and analysis on the labor market problems of teens and young adults in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area.

Literacy and Educational Attainment in Philadelphia’s Labor Market

Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board

This research included the preparation of a wide range of research reports and data analysis for the development of workforce development policy and strategies in Philadelphia. One key study examined the labor market experiences and educational attainment of City residents relative to the changing industrial and occupational structure of employment in the City. A second effort estimated the literacy proficiencies of City and suburban residents relative to the literacy requirements of employers in key labor market segments in the City and Metro Region economy.

Post-Secondary Access and Completion in New England

Nellie Mae Foundation

This study was designed to develop a broader and deeper set of measures of post-secondary educational access at the regional and state level. Using data from the American Community Survey, this study devised measures of educational attainment, college enrolment and college completion for a wide range of groups beyond the normal gender/race/ethnic categories and developed more comprehensive e measures of educational success than the currently widely employed simple access measures.

High School Climate and Post-Secondary Enrollment

Nellie Mae Foundation

Research study to measure the higher education utilization rates among different subgroups of the population based on meaningful and quantifiable methods to measure the underserved population in higher education among these groups. Using a unique database, this study researched the effects of cognitive and non-cognitive traits of high school students as well as high school and family environmental factors on the transition to and retention in postsecondary education.

Estimating the Cost of a Universal Access/High Quality Early Education and Care System in Massachusetts

Strategies for Children

This research project produced a series of papers designed to produce systematic, objective and evidence based estimates of the cost of providing universal access/high quality early education and care in Massachusetts. Using a variety of data sources including a variety of compensation data we produced a range of estimates for implementing an early education system.

Latent Demand for High Quality Early Education and Care: Implications for Program Costs

The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

This study utilized a willingness to pay methodology and household survey to estimate the potential demand for high quality early education and care in a low income urban area. These findings were then used to produce a series of papers examining the incremental costs of providing expanded high quality early education in the City of Springfield Massachusetts and estimated the labor supply needs to organize and deliver the proposed high quality early education to children in the city.