Friedman is the Executive Director of the Hopbrook Institute. He Gerald graduated from Columbia College in 1977 and earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1986. In addition to his 1998 book, State-Making and Labor Movements. The United States and France, 1876-1914, he has written Reigniting the Labor Movement: Restoring means to ends in a democratic labor movement (2008) and Microeconomics: Individual Choice in Communities (4th edition 2018) and is the author of numerous articles on topics in the labor history of the United States and Europe.
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Analyzes the economic effects of the New York Health Act, which would establish a comprehensive, universal health insurance program for all New Yorkers.
Argues that the traditional, reformist unions, have declined to the point that one can reasonably question their viability.
Studies the origins of the modern labor movement in France and the United States before 1914.