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Gregory E. DeFreitas

The Augustus B. Weller Chair and Professor of Economics


PHD, 1979, Columbia University; BA, 1971, Stanford Univ


Specialization: Labor Economics, Research Methods.

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 currently completing a new edition of his award-winning book, "Inequality At Work." He is also the founding editor of the "Regional Labor Review," which focuses on current employment issues in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ECO 001 PRINC ECONOMICS I Undergraduate
ECO 121 (BH) ECO OF DISCRIMINATN Undergraduate
ECO 141C (BH) LABOR ECONOMICS Undergraduate
LABR 141C (BH) LABOR ECONOMICS Undergraduate
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