Harry J. Holzer

John LaFarge Jr. SJ Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Antipoverty Policy
  • Employer Benefits
  • Training Programs
  • Jobs & Workers
  • Unions & the Labor Movement

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About Harry

Holzer has spent his entire career studying the labor market for less-educated and lower-income workers in the U.S., as well as a range of potential policies (including education and training, antidiscrimination policy, welfare reform) that affect their prospects. He served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton Administration, and he has testified before Congressional committees and other federal agencies frequently since then.




"Jobs for the Working Class: Raising Earnings among Non-College Graduates," Brookings Institution, April 23, 2018.

Lays out a policy agenda for raising employment and earnings among U.S. non-college graduates.

"Building a New Middle Class in the Knowledge Economy," Progressive Policy Institute, April 12, 2017.
"Getting Men Back to Work: Solutions from the Right and Left," (with Brent Orrell and Robert Doar), American Enterprise Institute, April 20, 2017.
"Will Robots Make Job Training (and Workers) Obsolete?," Brookings Institution, June 19, 2017.
Making College Work: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students (with Sandy Baum) (Brookings Press, 2017).

Offers practical solutions for improving higher education opportunities for disadvantaged students.

In the News

Guest to discuss the decline in labor participation on PBS Newshour, Harry J. Holzer, July 3, 2015.
Guest to discuss how fear of African-American men manifests in the criminal justice system and labor market on NPR's All Things Considered, Harry J. Holzer, March 30, 2015.
Harry J. Holzer quoted on the challenges met by those who have criminal records in Ruth Graham, "How Criminal Records Hold Americans Back" Boston Globe, March 8, 2015.
"Effects of Raising the Minimum Wage," Harry J. Holzer, Letter to the Editor, New York Times, February 13, 2014.
Harry J. Holzer's research on the future of career and technical education discussed in Ed KilgoreHarry J. Holzer, "Reinvigorating Vo-Tech," Washington Monthly, October 29, 2013.
Regular contributions, typically as a commenter on employment issues,Harry J. Holzer to C-SPAN.
"Can the U.S. Produce Good Jobs and the Workers to Fill Them?," Harry J. Holzer, Huffington Post, June 21, 2012.
"Payments to Elders are Harming our Future," Harry J. Holzer (with Isabel Sawhill), Washington Post, March 28, 2013.
"Immigration Reform Requires Consensus on Flow of Foreign Labor," Harry J. Holzer, Christian Science Monitor, April 11, 2013.