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Redistributing Opportunity (John Friedman)

The Tax Maven

John Friedman is a Professor of Economics and International and Political Affairs at Brown.  Collaborating with scholars such as Raj Chetty and Emmanuel Saez, Friedman works to provide very granular information on very big issues. He is a founding co-director of Opportunity Insights, where researchers and policy analysts work together to analyze new data and create a platform for local stakeholders to make more informed decisions.An economist by training, Friedman uses the information collected by the IRS to tell researchers and the public whether and why the engines of opportunity we rely on actually deliver results. At the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium, Friedman presented work that he and his coauthors conducted about colleges and universities. That research “construct[ed] publicly available statistics on parents’ incomes and students’ earnings outcomes for each college in the US using de-identified data from tax records…. reveal[ing] that the degree of parental income segregation across colleges is very high, similar to that across neighborhoods.”  Their work also shows that some schools (such as the State University of New York at Stony Brook) succeed in helping students who grew up poor gain upward mobility.Today’s student quote is from Ha-Joon Chang's, 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism.Resources:Professor Friedman’s bio.Dan Shaviro’s blog post about Friedman’s visit to the NYU Law Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.The paper Friedman presented at the Colloquium, "Income Segregation and Intergenerational Mobility Across Colleges in the United States".The EITC article discussed in the episode, "Using Differences in Knowledge Across Neighborhood to Uncover the Impacts of the EITC on Earnings".The Pencil Question article is Darien Shanske, "Revitalizing Local Political Economy through Modernizing the Property Tax", 68 Tax L. Rev. 143 (2014).The student quote is taken from Ha-Joon Chang's 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism


15 Sep 2020

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540 Sustainable Practices for Organizations and Green Business Strategies - with John Friedman

Through the Noise

With an international career spanning 3 decades, John Friedman is an award-winning communications professional and recognized sustainability expert who has helped some of the leading global companies to integrate their operational, financial, and cultural aspirations into sustainable and responsible business practices. The WGL family of companies—Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas—are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of AltaGas Ltd. and provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. John Friedman's Book Managing Sustainability: First Steps to First Class (Business Expert Press) provides a compelling case, real-world examples, and the tools to follow a proven strategy for aligning sustainability efforts with existing organizational priorities to drive results and enhance reputation.


29 Apr 2020

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Faculty in Focus with John Friedman

Faculty in Focus

In this episode, Provost Richard Locke speaks with Economist John Friedman, whose work combines economics, big data, and public policy to understand why some children rise out of poverty and some do not.He’s particularly interested in measuring upward mobility - or what we call “the American Dream”- whether low income children grow up to earn more than their parents. His research is designed to inform powerful policy changes across the country, in specific neighborhoods, and on college campuses.


26 Nov 2019

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Episode 22: Segment 2 - John Friedman and Douglas Webber

Postsecondary Success

"What Is 'Good' In Higher Ed" explores changing definitions and new measures of quality and the value of college rankings. Guests include Jeff Selingo, Paul Glastris, John Friedman and Doug Webber.


31 Oct 2018

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Prof. John Friedman - Opportunity Atlas

Steve Klamkin

John Friedman, Brown University Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs has devised a way to track economic mobility by neighborhood. #WPRO He says the "Opportunity Atlas" traces social and economic outcomes to the neighborhood level. https://www.opportunityatlas.org/


8 Oct 2018

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Brown University Economist John Friedman on GOP tax cuts

Steve Klamkin

Economist John Friedman of Brown University looks at the impact of the GOP tax cuts passed by Congress. #WPRO The different versions of the bills must now be reconciled by the House and Senate


7 Dec 2017

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Talking tax reform with Mark Blyth and John Friedman

Trending Globally: Politics and Policy

Mark Blyth talks with Professor of Economics John Friedman about the Republican tax plan; who wins, loses, and does it really matter in the long run.You can read a transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-rK34Hb6pllYmNMWW2wL76tFKw3VIBdY/view?usp=sharing]


4 Dec 2017

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Episode 10: Segment 1 - John Friedman

Postsecondary Success

This episode of To a Degree explores why some institutions have more success than others in helping students from low-income backgrounds move up the socioeconomic ladder. Guests include John Friedman of Brown University, Shirley Reed of South Texas College, William Covino of California State University, Los Angeles, Kevin Carey of New America and Mark Schneider of American Institutes for Research.


23 Oct 2017

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John Friedman Watson Institute

The Dan Yorke Show

John Friedman joins the Dan Yorke Show to discuss President Trump's press conference on the healthcare bill being pulled.


24 Mar 2017

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Economist John Friedman evaluates Clinton & Trump tax proposals

Steve Klamkin

Brown University economics Prof. John Friedman takes a look at differences in the tax and economic proposals being advanced by Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump


15 Oct 2016