Matthew Friedman

Economics Fellow

Matthew Friedman is the Economics Fellow in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program. He brings a quantitatively rigorous approach to the study of issues related to mass incarceration. He has researched diverse topics related to the economics of crime, including the efficacy of intensive policing, the impact of various types of legal sanctions on recidivism, as well as the economic determinants of crime. His more recent work includes an analysis of racial disparities attendant to the New York Police Department’s use of Stop, Question & Frisk. Current work aims to quantify the economic toll of incarceration on vulnerable populations.

Before joining the Brennan Center, he taught economics at Chaminade University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds dual-degrees in economics and broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder and he completed his doctoral studies in economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.