John N. Friedman is a Professor of Economics at Brown University, as well as a founding co-Director of Opportunity Insights. His studies the causes and consequences of inequality for kids, as well as policies to improve opportunity for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. His work has appeared in top academic journals as well as in major media outlets, has been cited by President Obama in his 2012 State of the Union Address, and has shaped policies at the federal, state, and local level. Most recently, John and his colleagues at Opportunity Insights have published the Economic Tracker, providing the most granular and real-time look at how COVID-19 is affecting the economy in cities and states across America. He worked as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council in the White House. He is also a Research Associate at NBER and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Economics. In July, he will become Chair of the Brown University Economic Department.
Friedman's research brings together theory and data, harnessing the power of large administrative datasets to yield policy-relevant insights on a wide range of topics, including taxation, healthcare, and education quality. His work has appeared in top academic journals as well as in major media outlets.
Real-time economics: A new platform to track the impacts of COVID-19 on people, businesses, and communities using private sector data NBER Working paper (2020)
The opportunity atlas: Mapping the childhood roots of social mobility National Bureau of Economic Research (2018)
The Opportunity Atlas: Mapping the Childhood Roots of Social Mobility NBER (2018)
June 18, 2021
Foundation for Economic Education
This article draws on data from Opportunity Insights, co-directed by John Friedman.
June 4, 2021
The Harvard Gazette
John Friedman is cited in this article as one of the co-founding directors of Opportunity Insights.
May 5, 2021
This article draws on data by Opportunity Insights, co-directed by John Friedman.
April 28, 2021
Chase Foster penned this letter on why economic liberalization often leads to higher government spending.
April 27, 2021
John Friedman on NPR, "We really underestimated the ability of lots of not-in-person service businesses to not only continue doing what they're doing, but even do more of it."
April 13, 2021
This article references a new labor data analysis by John Friedman.
March 30, 2021
John Friedman in Bloomberg, "It’s not just that there’s growing inequality from an ex-post perspective, but there’s tremendous inequality of opportunity."