Faculty & Research Research Speakers John Friedman Faculty Research Speaker Series John Friedman Professor of Economics, Brown University The Economic Impacts of COVID-19: Evidence from a New Public Database Built Using Private Sector Data Apr 28, 2023 12:00 PM via Zoom (by invite only) 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. He is Chair of the Brown University Economic Department.