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Dr. Niev Duffy

Dr. Niev Duffy
Dr. Niev Duffy is President of Eastern Economic Research, Inc. She is also a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy (CLD) . Among her former positions, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hofstra University, teaching courses in Economic Development, Micro and Macro Principles, Intermediate Micro, and Health Economics. From the earliest years of CLD, she helped shape the mission, research agenda, community/labor outreach, public events and publications of the Center “ making it today one of the pre-eminent such institutes in New York. From the beginning, and continuing up to the present, she has been a member of the editorial board of the journal, Regional Labor Review, an independent journal publishing original research on important employment issues in the New York metro area. 

In 2000, she joined the research faculty at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. At Mt. Sinai, she helped shape and carry out a research agenda that explored one of the most critical problems in both the U.S. and in developing nations: the economic and health consequences of a lack of access to decent health care within low-income urban communities. Two years later, she became Director of Research at the JFK Jr. Institute for Worker Education, the renowned labor education center at the City University of New York. While there, she assumed primary responsibility for developing a most ambitious research agenda on employment, schooling and health issues.
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Dr. Gregory DeFreitas

Dr. Gregory DeFreitas
Dr. Gregory DeFreitas is a tenured Professor of Economics at Hofstra University. He is also the founding director of Hofstra's™ Labor Studies degree program, as well as director of its research institute, the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy. He was educated at Stanford, Cambridge, and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in Economics. Before coming to Hofstra, he taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the University of Toronto.

He has published widely on such controversial issues as unemployment, income inequality, New York City's™ economy, youth employment problems, labor unions, and the economic impacts of immigration. He has testified on these issues before Congressional committees and the New York City Council. He is the founding editor of the journal Regional Labor Review. And he is a member of the Research Advisory Boards of the Economic Policy Institute (in Washington D.C.), the Fiscal Policy Institute (in New York City), and the Center for the Study of Working Class Life (at SUNY Stony Brook). Click here for a resume.