Harry J Holzer


John LaFarge Jr. SJ Professor of Public Policy


McCourt School of Public Policy
In the news

In the news

  • “The biggest concern among economists is that imposing pay increases on employers will reduce the hiring of low-wage workers and raise unemployment. But in four decades of research by economists, this appears to be a small or nonexistent effect,” Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on raising the minimum wage. Use caution in raising the minimum wage December 9, 2013, The Washington Post
  • "The immigration bill actually tries to limit the new flow to try to make legal channels more attractive than illegal channels...and lifting up those seven million workers who are already undocumented, I think would help the situation," Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on issues surrounding the bipartisan Senate immigration bill introduced this month. Could Immigration Reform Plan Hurt Black Workers? April 29, 2013, April 29, 2013 NPR
  • “Young people have been hit the hardest by all this,” Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the impact of the weak economy on our youngest generation of workers. Job-seeking teens might get a break this summer April 3, 2013, NBC News
  • "People have made up their minds that it's a tepid recovery and a difficult situation while it's not at all clear that a challenger will provide a better alternative." Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on whether monthly unemployment figures will sway voters as the 2012 election draws closer. September Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls to 7.8 Pct October 5, 2012, ABC News
  • “Poverty remains very problematic. [The data] is not something to celebrate, but it’s nice that it didn’t go up,” Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the decrease from 46.3 million Americans in poverty in 2010 to 46.2 milliion in 2011, according to a Census Bureau report. Household income falls as 46 million in poverty September 12, 2012, MarketWatch
  • "I have big concerns about this generation of young people...For young high school graduates or dropouts, their early work experience is more closely tied to their success in the labor market." Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the steep decline in employment for teenagers. More than seven in 10 U.S. teens jobless in summer June 12, 2012, USA Today
  • "In the last year, productivity growth has slowed down. Over the long term, that's not great. But in the short term, it helps you. Population growth, on the immigration side especially, has slowed down. So even a smaller amount of GDP growth is translating into some drop in unemployment," Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the improvement in unemployment rates. Unemployment Drops to 8.3%, but It's 'Premature to Do Handstands' February 3, 2012, PBS