Harry J. Holzer

Research Fellow

Georgetown University

Harry J. Holzer is the LaFarge SJ Professor of Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University. He has served as Associate Dean of Public Policy at Georgetown (2004-06) and was Interim Dean in the Fall of 2006. He is a former Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and a former Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He received his A.B. from Harvard in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1983. He is a Senior Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan and a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a member of the editorial board at the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Holzer's research has focused primarily on the labor market problems of low-wage workers and other disadvantaged groups. His books include The Black Youth Employment Crisis (coedited with Richard Freeman, University of Chicago Press, 1986); What Employers Want: Job Prospects for Less-Educated Workers (Russell Sage Foundation, 1996); Employers and Welfare Recipients: The Effects of Welfare Reform in the Workplace (with Michael Stoll, Public Policy Institute of California, 2001); The Economics of Affirmative Action (coedited with David Neumark), Edward Elgar, 2004; Moving Up or Moving On: Who Advances in the Low-Wage Labor Market (with Fredrik Andersson and Julia Lane), Russell Sage Foundation, 2005; Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men (With Peter Edelman and Paul Offner, Urban Institute Press, 2006); and Reshaping the American Workforce Policies for a Changing Economy (coedited with Demetra Nightingale), Urban Institute Press, 2007).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2006. See his IZA publications below. More working papers and published articles available through RePEc; public testimonies and recent opinion pieces at Holzer's Brookings and Urban Institute pages.