McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Topic spokesperson
Low employment, Incarceration effects, Higher education, Training, Minimum wage, Immigration, Earned income tax credit, Child support
English - Native speaker
Print, Digital, Television, Radio
Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Chief Economist, US Department of Labor, 1999
Professor, Department of Economics, Michigan State University, 1992–2000
PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1983
“Is it worth it? Postsecondary education and employment outcomes for the disadvantaged.” IZA Journal of Labor Policy 4:1 (2015).
“Good workers for good jobs: Improving education and workforce systems in the U.S.” IZA Journal of Labor Policy 1:1 (2012).
“Improving education and employment among disadvantaged young men: Proven and promising strategies.” Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science 635:1 (2011): 163–191 (with C. Heinrich).
“The labor market and young black men: Updating Moynihan’s perspective.” Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science 621:1 (2009): 47–69.
“The economic costs of poverty in the U.S.: Subsequent effects of children growing up poor.” Journal of Children and Poverty 14:1 (2008): 41–61 (with G. Duncan, D. W. Schanzenbach, and J. Ludwig).
The earned income tax credit raises income and work incentives among low-income parents but little goes to adults without childrenHarry J. Holzer, September 2015The earned income tax credit provides important benefits to low-income families with children in the US. At an annual cost of about $60 billion, it increases the incomes of such families while encouraging parents to work more by subsidizing their incomes. But low-income adults without children and non-custodial parents receive only very low payments under the program, providing them with little income benefits or work incentives. Many of these adults are low-income young men whose wages and employment rates have been declining for years and who might benefit substantially from expanded eligibility for the earned income tax credit.MoreLess