Projects

Under the direction of Professor Andrew Sum and Professor Paul Harrington, the Center has conducted both sponsored and non-sponsored research on a diverse array of labor market, education, literacy, job training, human resource program, planning and evaluation, and family issues at the national, regional, state and local level. Among the recent studies undertaken by CLMS staff have been the following:

  • The economic performance of the Northeast region during the 1990’s and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century
  • The demographic and labor market impacts of foreign immigration in Massachusetts, New England, and the U.S.
  • The labor market situation of 16-24 year old youth living in high poverty neighborhoods of the nation and the ability of new nationally-funded demonstration programs to improve employment and earnings prospects of youth in these areas
  • The labor market experiences of young adult men and women in the U.S. over the past 20 years and their implications for youth employment and training policies
  • The changing relationships between formal educational attainment, basic skills, and the labor market/schooling outcomes of young adults
  • The shortage of workers in scientific, engineering and information technology fields in New England
  • The labor force behavior and labor market experiences of older workers in Massachusetts, New England, and U.S.
  • The school to work and school to college transition experiences of Boston public school graduates
  • The literacy proficiencies of the U.S. labor force and their influence on labor market outcomes for workers
  • The changing structure of the college labor market in the U.S., New England, and Massachusetts and its implications for the labor market success of various college graduates
  • The earnings experiences of U.S. college graduates by major field of study
  • The economic and social status of America’s family households over the past 25 years
  • The employment, earnings, and income experiences of Massachusetts workers and their families during the 1980s and 1990s decade
  • The poor and low income population in New England, Massachusetts, and the city of Boston
  • Antipoverty policy in the United States
  • The social and economic conditions of America’s children
  • Population developments in Massachusetts, New England, and the U.S.
  • Labor force developments in Massachusetts and New England
  • National and State workforce development policy (WIA legislation)
  • Workforce development policies for mayors across the country
  • Evaluations of the outcomes and impacts of Jobs for America’s Graduates School-toWork Transition Program
  • The links between labor productivity and the wages and earnings of U.S. workers
  • The transition from high school to college and the labor market for Boston public high school graduates
  • The literacy proficiencies of U.S. adults and their impacts on labor market outcomes
  • The disabled population in Massachusetts and New England and their labor market problems
  • Labor force developments in Massachusetts and their implications for workforce development policies
  • The economic, civic, health, social, and fiscal consequences of dropping out of high school in Massachusetts and Illinois
  • Workforce development issues and politics for the Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray Transition Team