Philip L.  Harvey

Philip L. Harvey

Professor of Law

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Law Office: 600
V: (856) 225-6386
F: (856) 969-7908

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Professor Harvey received his B.A. degree from Yale University, his Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. After clerking for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York, he worked as a Litigation Associate specializing in employment disputes at the New York law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton. He also has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the Yale School of Organization and Management, and was the first Joanne Woodward Professor of Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College. Professor Harvey's research focuses on public policy options for securing economic and social human rights, with a particular emphasis on the right to work. He teaches Contracts, Labor and Employment Law, Law & Economics, and Social Welfare Law and Policy.



Americas Misunderstood Welfare State: Persistent Myths, Enduring Realities, with Jerry Mashaw and Theodore Marmor (Basic Books, 1990).

Securing the Right to Employment: Social Welfare Policy and the Unemployed in the United States (Princeton University Press, 1989).


Is There A Progressive Alternative to Conservative Welfare Reform?, Geo. J. Pov. L. & Pol'y (2008).

Benchmarking the Right to Work, in Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement and Policy Issues, edited by Alanson Minkler and Shareen Hartel (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

The Relative Cost of a Universal Basic Income and a Negative Income Tax, 2 Basic Income Studies, No. 2, Article 6, pp. 1-24 (2006).

Funding A Job Guarantee, 2 Int'l J. Env't, Workplace & Emp. 114-132 (2006).

Aspirational Law, 52 Buff. L. Rev. 701-26 (2004).

The Right to Work and Basic Income Guarantees: Competing or Complementary Goals? 2 Rutgers J.L. Urban Pol’y 1.4.1-1.4.48 (2004) (available at

Human Rights and Economic Policy Discourse: Taking Economic and Social Rights Seriously, 33 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 363-471 (2002).

Understanding The Unemployment Experience of Low-Wage Workers: Implications for Ethnographic Research, in Laboring Below the Line, edited by Frank Munger (Russell Sage, 2002), 95-110.

Combating Joblessness: An Analysis of the Principal Strategies that Have Influenced the Development of American Employment and Social Welfare Law During the 20th Century,' 21 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 677-758 (2000).

Direct Job Creation, in The Committment to Full Employment, edited by Aaron Warner, et al. (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), 35-54.

Liberal Strategies for Combating Joblessness in the Twentieth Century, 33 J. Econ. Issues 497-504 (1999).

Joblessness and the Law Before the New Deal, 6 Geo. J. Pov. L. & Poly 1-41 (1999).

The History of Right to Work Claims, Rutgers--Camden Series of Occasional Papers No. 1 (1999) .

Paying for Full Employment: A Hard-Nosed Look at Finances, Soc. Poly, Spring 1995, at 21.

Fashioning A Work-Based Strategy for Welfare Reform Based on International Human Rights Doctrine, 16 J. Pub. Health Poly 269-85 (1995).

Employment As A Human Right, in Sociology and the Public Agenda, edited by William Julius Wilson (Sage Publications, 1993), 351-74.

Monitoring Mechanisms for International Agreements Respecting Economic and Social Human Rights, 12 Yale J. Intl L. 396-420 (1987).

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