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Andrew Friedson considers “total employment” impacts on inflation

Oct. 10, 2019

The state is basically at total employment, which is generally good. However, “unemployment is low enough that economists are going to keep a very close eye on inflation numbers,” said Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics. Colorado unemployment flirts with an all-time low, again Colorado Public Radio, Sept 20

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Gas prices town-to-town rely on the supply chain, according to Andrew Friedson

Sept. 10, 2019

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics, said that if Durango has greater demand for gasoline and the supply chain is the same in both towns, Durango should have higher gas prices. Friedson suspects supply differences explain why Durango sees lower gas prices. “If you only have two companies competing in...

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Daniel Rees’ new JAMA study on marijuana usage and legalization

July 23, 2019

Daniel Rees and colleagues published research this month that found legalizing pot does not appear to encourage teen use and might actually discourage it. New JAMA study shows legalizing pot might discourage teen use CNBC , July 8 Study: Teen Use of Marijuana Drops in States Where It Is Legal...

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Ambulances are cheaper than Uber in some cases, according to Andrew Friedson

July 23, 2019

"Medicaid patients in particular have incredibly low out-of-pocket responsibility for ambulances," said study author Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics. "The most an ambulance ride covered under Medicaid costs the patient [is] three dollars. If there's a low-cost alternative to Uber to get to the hospital, you're going to take...

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Research of US / China trade war from Phillip Luck

June 18, 2019

Research on tariffs from last year showed that all the additional costs associated with tarrifs were passed on to consumers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned new tariffs are “exactly the wrong move” in a statement, and noted that the five percent tariff on Mexican imports would amount to a...

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Friedson on double play-off bump for downtown

May 7, 2019

For the first time in history, both the Avalanche and Nuggets simultaneously advanced to a second-round playoff. Assistant Economics Professor Andrew Friedson confirmed what you can guess: the series will likely bring a jump in business for bars and restaurants closest to the arena. Downtown Denver bars are loving the...

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Friedson on future of drug costs

April 9, 2019

“The idea of a shame-based economy isn’t too far off,” said Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics. “Consumers have little power to engage in direct bargaining to get a better deal.” With insulin price cap, drug industry is once again shamed into doing the right thing Los Angeles Times ,...

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Friedson on shifting mountain populations

Jan. 29, 2019

Andrew Friedson, Economics Assistant Professor, said many Western states had relatively young populations until quite recently. But Baby Boomers are aging, birth rates are falling, and retiree migration is growing. "There’s been a lot of talk about millennials moving to Denver and a lot of these Western cities," Friedson said...

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Friedson on Hickenlooper

Jan. 14, 2019

Assistant Economics Professor Andrew Friedson said if you’re looking for the best possible story about Hickenlooper’s lasting impact on the economy, “it has to be that he prevented us from getting into this top tier of congestion.” People and companies move here and create jobs for reasons that have nothing...

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Friedson on gubernatorial candidates’ ideas on healthcare

Oct. 18, 2018

Andrew Friedson, Assistant Professor of Economics points out that Jared Polis' plan will take an immense pool of political capital from dozens of lawmakers in states that are more conservative than Colorado. "I don't think heavily Republican Kansas is about to jump on board with this,"–while his concerns about Walker...

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