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The Economist Who Would Fix the American Dream (John Friedman cited)

November 4, 2019 The Atlantic

This piece mentions that John Friedman, professor of economics and international and public affairs, worked in collaboration with Raj Chetty to create Opportunity Insights - an institute aimed at making success and social mobility a widespread and equal possibility across America. 

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3 ways to improve the outcomes for African Americans in the rural south (research by John Friedman cited)

August 6, 2019 Center for American Progress

Research from John Friedman's Opportunity Atlas is cited. "Using data taken from the Opportunity Atlas—a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau, Harvard University, and Brown University that provides data on economic mobility throughout the country—one can see that the South has the lowest level of economic mobility for all demographics."

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College-Admissions Hysteria Is Not the Norm (research by John Friedman cited)

April 11, 2019 The Atlantic

Research by Professor John Friedman's think tank, Opportunity Insights, is cited in an article on the recent college admissions scandal. "Research published by Opportunity Insights ... has found that roughly three dozen of the country’s “elite” colleges enroll more students from households in the top 1 percent of the income scale than they do students from the bottom 60 percent of that scale."

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Gates Foundation announces $15M commitment to map neighborhoods that help kids out of poverty

October 4, 2018 Geekwire

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will commit $15 million to get the new initiative Opportunity Insights, co-founded by associate professor of economics John Friedman, off the ground. This week, the organization, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, published comprehensive nationwide data and maps that predict the likelihood that kids will escape poverty based on where they live. 

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The Opportunity Atlas

October 1, 2018

In collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau, Opportunity Insights, a research and policy institute formed by Harvard and Brown University economists including Associate Professor John Friedman, released an interactive mapping tool called "The Opportunity Atlas." The Atlas helps predict how neighborhoods influence the trajectories of the children who grow up there.

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Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life (research by John Friedman mentioned)

October 1, 2018 The New York Times

In collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau, Opportunity Insights, a research and policy institute formed by economists from Harvard and Brown Universities, including Associate Professor John Friedman, released an interactive mapping tool called "The Opportunity Atlas." The Opportunity Atlas helps predict how neighborhoods influence the trajectories of the children who grow up there. 

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Las Vegas high-speed rail venture gets new owner (comments by John Friedman)

September 18, 2018 Wall Street Journal

Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman offered commentary on Brightline's expected acquisition of a private rail project on the Las Vegas Strip. "...Friedman concluded Brightline would be unable to service its debt burden on the Miami train system, in a study funded by a citizens group opposed to the rail line."

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Changing class: Are colleges helping Americans move up? (comments by John Friedman)

August 21, 2018 American Public Media

Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone -- but new research shows that they're not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American dream. Economist John Friedman said children of well-to-do families are likely to stay that way, while children of poor families are likely to stay poor -- and "I think that's led to a real feeling that the American dream is slipping away from them."

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Supreme Court ruling could pave a path to better schools (John Friedman mentioned)

August 13, 2018 Barrons

This article about the implications of the Supreme Court ruling on union membership focuses on its impact on teachers. It notes that economist John Friedman and his colleagues found that students of good teachers are less likely to experience teenage pregnancy, more likely to go to selective colleges, and end up earning more money as adults than students from comparable backgrounds who had worse teachers.

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