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Gregory DeFreitas - Hofstra University. Long Island, NY, US

Gregory DeFreitas Gregory DeFreitas

Professor of Economics | Hofstra University

Long Island, NY, UNITED STATES

Director of the Labor Studies Degree Program at Hofstra

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Biography

Gregory DeFreitas is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Labor Studies Degree Program at Hofstra. He is also the Director of the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy. Before joining Hofstra's faculty, he taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, the University of Toronto, and Cambridge University. He was educated at Stanford, Cambridge, and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D.

Dr. DeFreitas has written widely on job and pay trends, the economics of immigration, earnings inequality, youth unemployment and the New York City economy. And he has testified on these issues before Congressional committees and the New York City Council. He is also the founding editor of the "Regional Labor Review," which focuses on current employment issues in the New York Metropolitan Area.

His book Inequality At Work was chosen as one of the year’s Outstanding Social Science Books. He has testified on these issues before Congressional committees and the New York City Council. And he is the founding editor of the journal Regional Labor Review.

Industry Expertise (4)

Education/Learning Financial Services Business Services Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (13)

Labor Economics Research Methods Urban Economics Microeconomics African Economic Development Research Methods Economics of Immigration Earnings Inequality Youth Unemployment Economics of Small Business Labor Unions African Labor Issues New York City Economy

Accomplishments (1)

Member of the Research Advisory Boards of the Economic Policy Institute (Washington D.C.), the Fiscal Policy Institute (NYC), and the Center for the Study of Working Class Life (SUNY Stony Brook). (professional)

His economic consulting services have been used by both government agencies and law firms. He is also a frequent reviewer of articles for economics and labor studies journals and of book manuscripts for several publishers.

Education (2)

Columbia University: Ph.D. 1979

Stanford University: B.A. 1971

Affiliations (3)

  • Member of the Research Advisory Boards of the Economic Policy Institute
  • Member of the Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Member of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life (SUNY Stony Brook)

Media Appearances (7)

Job market for Long Island college grads starts to improve

Newsday  online

2017-02-10

Article on study by Dr. DeFreitas.

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Wage gap widens between high school, college grads

Newsday  online

2017-01-12

Article on study by Dr. DeFreitas.

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LI’s college-educated millennials struggling at work: Study

Newsday  online

2016-12-12

Article on study by Dr. DeFreitas.

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$15 minimum wage comes to L.I. . . . in 2021

Long Island Report  online

2016-05-11

Article with contributions by Dr. DeFreitas.

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Health care employment leads Long Island job growth

Newsday  online

2016-04-22

Dr. Gregory DeFreitas, director of the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy was interviewed by Newsday for an article, “Healthy Healthy Care,” about continued job growth on Long Island in the health care industry.

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Union Membership on LI Still Below Pre-Recession Level

Newsday  print

2017-09-01

“Union membership on Long Island hasn’t recovered from losses sustained during the Great Recession,” reports Newsday, based on its interview with Dr. Gregory DeFreitas, Hofstra University professor of economics, founding director of the Labor Studies degree program and director the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy. Dr. DeFreitas and Dr. Bhaswati Sengupta of Iona College have authored a study on union membership, timed for Labor Day.

Still the study reports that New York state is leading the nation in unionization with more than 20 percent of its workforce in unions. The current national average is 10.7 percent. The downstate New York metropolitan area has the highest union membership rate of all the country’s large metro regions. Of its wage and salary employees, 21.4 per cent are in unions – more than twice the national average outside New York.

Gregory DeFreitas, a professor at Hofstra University, seen here on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, co-authored a study on labor unions on Long Island. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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State parks boost Long Island’s economy, report says

Newsday  print

2017-12-17

Dr. Gregory DeFreitas, professor of economics, founding director of the Labor Studies degree program and director the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy was interviewed by Newsday about a report that says state parks boost Long Island’s economy. They are good for public health and job generators. Some of the benefits, while they can’t be definitively monetized, are deeply valued by residents. That sense of well-being may be reflected in higher property values and lower crime rates.

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Research Focus (1)

Research interests include ...

Economics of immigration, earnings inequality, youth unemployment, economics of small business, labor unions, African labor issues, and the New York City economy

Courses (1)

Labor Economics, Urban Economics, Microeconomics, African Economic Development, Research Methods

PRINC ECONOMICS
(BH) LABOR ECONOMICS
(BH) LABOR ECONOMICS
SENIOR SEMINAR IN LABOR STUDIES

Articles (3)

The State of New York Unions 2012 Regional Labor Review

2012

New York has, for nearly two decades, had the highest proportion of its workforce represented by unions of
any state in the country. By 2006, the last year before the latest recession, 24.5 per cent of the state’s
employees were union members – twice the national rate. But the national economic crisis that began in 2008
struck with particular force in heavily unionized industries like construction and manufacturing. And many state
and local governments responded to mounting budget gaps by cutting unionized public sector jobs. What have
been the cyclical impacts of the recession and the still-incomplete recovery on union representation? This paper
explores this and related questions by focusing on New York, in particular the state’s economic engine and
population center, the New York City metropolitan area, centered in New York City and Long Island. We
investigate the major characteristics of and trends in recent unionization in the New York Metropolitan Area
through an empirical analysis of large microdata sets from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population
Surveys...

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At the Epicenter of an Economic Earthquake: New York Confronts the Great Recession Regional Labor Review

2009

The global economic crisis surged into 2009, setting one depressing record after another. The U.S. economy
shrank by –6.2% in the October-to-December quarter – its steepest decline in over a quarter-century. In those
same months, the country lost 1.7 million jobs. For all of 2008, the job count shrank every month, totaling nearly
3.1 million fewer jobs at year’s end. As of this March, the cumulative losses total 5.1 million jobs, more than in
any other recession since the Great Depression...

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The State of New York Unions 2007 Regional Labor Review

2007

Working people with union representation average much higher wages and benefits today than do otherwise
comparable non-union employees. So, in an age of relatively stagnant real wages and eroding benefits for most American workers, union coverage is an important indicator of a region’s labor market health. This report aims
to provide the first detailed description of the major characteristics of and trends in recent unionization in the
New York Metropolitan Area. The empirical analysis was conducted on large microdata sets from the U.S.
Census Bureau’s Current Population Surveys

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