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John Friedman

Title Associate professor of Economics and International Affairs
Organization Brown University

John N. Friedman is an associate professor of Economics and International Affairs and Public Policy at Brown University.  His research brings together theory and data and harnesses the power of large administrative datasets to yield policy-relevant insights on a wide range of topics, including education, taxation, retirement, and healthcare. His work has appeared in top academic journals as well as in major media outlets, and his work on the long-term effects of teachers was cited by President Obama in his 2012 State of the Union Address.  From 2013-2014, Prof. Friedman worked as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council in the White House.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics, an A.M. in Statistics, and a B.A. in Economics, all from Harvard University.  He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Posts By John Friedman

Higher Ed’s Role in Economic Mobility

A comparison of the roles of colleges in promoting economic mobility showed that access to colleges that can provide upward mobility has decreased. John Friedman argues that it is more important now than ever to find new policies to reverse this decline.

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