Joined CSS: 2015
As the Senior Economist at CSS, Harold uses data to elevate public policy issues that limit economic opportunity for low-income New Yorkers, especially access to good jobs and education, and criminal justice outcomes. This means analyzing and visualizing data in accessible ways to help understand and advocate for concrete things we can do as a society to level the playing field.
Harold co-authored the report that helped launch the Fair Fares campaign to make transit more affordable for low-income New Yorkers, culminating in the City authorizing $100 million in funding for half-fare MetroCards for working-age residents living in poverty.
His recent research focuses on city policies that criminalize poverty. "The Crime of Being Short $2.75: Policing Communities of Color at the Turnstile" documented how the NYPD has targeted predominantly black communities for fare evasion arrests in Brooklyn, and helped mobilize the City Council and other elected officials to confront the issue of race-based enforcement at the turnstile. Recent pieces in the Criminalizing Poverty series have highlighted how recorded stop and frisks by the NYPD are disproportionately targeting people of color in poor communities without turning up more weapons, and how City more aggressively punishes and criminalizes relatively lower-income users of transit who fail to pay compared to drivers who fail to pay for parking or tolls.
Harold earned his PhD in Economics and MPA in Urban Policy Analysis from Columbia University, where he was also a Fellow for Columbia’s Committee on the Economics of Education. He currently teaches graduate courses on quantitative methods and data analysis at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.