Friedman's research focuses on topics in the labor history of the United States and Europe, the evolution of economic thought, labor economics, economic theory, the history of slavery in the Americas, and on current economic issues. Friedman has been a correspondent on economics to television and other media outlets, a consultant to labor unions, and has drafted funding plans for campaigns for single-payer health insurance in Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and the state of Washington, and to Physicians for a National Health Plan. He is currently working on plans for Ohio.
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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.