Harry Holzer

Harry J. Holzer is a professor of public policy at Georgetown University and served as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor in the Clinton administration.


Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.5.2017

To be elected president, Donald Trump rode a wave of anger and disillusionment among white non-college voters who are bitterly disappointed over their recent economic experiences and hopeless about their futures. Trump exploited their anger brilliantly, feeding them false hopes that he would restore their lost jobs in manufacturing and mining, thus resurrecting the pathways […]


By / 4.12.2017

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016 has made policymakers and politicians in the U.S. much more aware of an important demographic group – the white working class – than before. We have ignored their plight and their concerns for far too long, and have grown much too complacent about the extent […]


By / 5.12.2015

Many policy ideas on how to reduce income inequality and improve the upward mobility of low-income Americans are gaining popularity, on both sides of the political aisle. As usual, Republicans suggest that tax cuts heavily tilted towards the rich can address these problems, though many of their proposals would actually worsen inequality and mobility. Populist […]


By / 4.7.2010

Download the report. The importance of worker education and skills to labor market success in the U.S. has never been clearer than it is now. The current economic downturn has hit all groups quite hard, but especially those with the least education and fewest skills. And as the labor market slowly begins to recover this […]