Nonresident Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Senior Research Fellow, Geary Institute, University College Dublin
Dorren Mc Mahon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Following the recent completion of a major European research grant on educational disadvantage amongst young people in Europe she is currently engaged on research on the young people who are not in school, work or training and who are commonly referred to as the NEETS population. The increase in the size of the NEETS population in Europe along with the concomitant concerns about cost and social cohesion has alarmed many Governments and policy advisors. Additionally the NEETS population are often over-represented in the immigrant community and there are also gender specific problems. Dorren is also involved in research on the US NEETS population with colleagues at RTI and Arizona State University. They are examining the disconnection of these ‘opportunity youth’ who at a time of considerable economic burden are estimated to cost society over $4 trillion during their lifetime. As with many of Europe’s NEETS population little is known about where America’s opportunity youth live or whether there are unusually high concentrations within U.S. counties.