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Gerald Friedman - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Gerald Friedman Gerald Friedman

Professor of Economics | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA, UNITED STATES

Gerald Friedman's research focuses on topics in the labor history of the United States and Europe and the economics of health care.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Health Care Economics

Economic History

Labor History

Economics

Labor Economics

Health Economics

Biography

Gerald 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.

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What Has Happened to Wages? Sept. 2018

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Education (2)

Harvard University: Ph.D., Economics

Columbia University: B.A., Economics and History

Press Coverage (4)

The local economy is on the brink — but of what?

The Boston Globe  print

2020-03-12

Gerald C. Friedman comments about how changes to the economy brought on the coronavirus are affecting Boston. “It’s a precarious situation,” Friedman says. “We really don’t know where this is going.”

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Can Elizabeth Warren afford to be all in on ‘Medicare for all’?

Los Angeles Times  print

2019-10-24

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has “painted herself into a corner, She wants Medicare for all, but she didn’t think through the politics,” says Gerald Friedman. He says she’s in a bind with her reluctance to say if new taxes will be required to pay for her plan.

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Medicare For All: A Conversation with Professor Gerald Friedman

The Healthcare Policy Podcast  online

2018-08-08

According to a recent Kaiser/Washington Post survey 59 percent of Americans support Medicare for All (M4A). Per a March New England Journal of Medicine poll 61 percent of physicians said single payer would make it easier for them to deliver cost-effective, quality health care.

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Sanders releases plan to pay for $52 trillion worth of new government programs

Sinclair Broadasting  tv

2020-02-25

Gerald Friedman comments on Bernie Sanders’ plan for about $52 trillion in new government spending over 10 years.

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Publications (3)

How the US could afford ‘Medicare for all’ The Conversation

Gerald Friedman

2019-10-04

Health care is Americans’ number-one priority, based on recent polls, so it’s no wonder it’s been a hot topic in the Democratic primary.

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Take it from an economist, Medicare for All is the most sensible way to fix health care USA Today

Gerald Friedman

2019-04-09

I've spent decades studying US health care. Time to get real: Medicare for All is the only reasonable path to controlling costs and covering everyone.

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Center for American Progress' health care plan does have real merit The Hill

Gerald Friedman

2018-03-04

Gerald C. Friedman writes an op-ed arguing that the new Medicare Extra for All plan proposed by the Center for American Progress is a blueprint for achieving universal health care for all Americans.

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