The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Barry Friedman

Professor Emeritus

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 205
Phone: 781-736-3783
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Barry Friedman has worked for many years in the areas of welfare policy and social security policy. He has consulted with the Chinese government and the World Bank on social security policy in China and has studied aspects of the welfare state in industrial and transition economies.


  • HS 245f - Economics I
  • HS 248f - Economics II


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Chicago

Barry Friedman

Professor Emeritus


Barry Friedman has studied a variety of social policy areas from welfare to social security and for a variety of countries. He teaches economics courses in the MBA, MPP, and PhD Programs of the Heller School where he not only introduces students to a variety of economic concepts, but also shows their relevance to social policy. He also teaches econometrics to PhD students and Corporate Finance to MBA students.

Awards and Honors

  • Heller School Teaching Award (2012)


  • Friedman, Barry. "Social Security Policy in the Context of Evolving Employment Policy." Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition. Ed. Douglas J Besharov and Karen Baehler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 68-85.
  • Friedman, Barry. "Policy Analysis As Organizational Analysis." The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. first ed. Ed. Michael Moran, Martin Rein, Robert Goodin. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2006. 482-495.
  • Friedman, Barry, co-ed. Martin Rein & Andreas Worgotter. Social Benefits after Communism: The Role of the Enterprises. Cambridge University Press, 1997.