Howard Steven Friedman

Howard Steven Friedman
New York, New York, USA
June 10
Howard Steven Friedman works as a statistician and health economist for the United Nations. He has been a lead modeler on a number of key United Nations projects including the ICPD @ 15 Costing, High Level Task Force on Innovative Financing, and the Adding It Up reports. He is credited with being the lead developer of the tool used for costing the health-related Millennium Development Goals. He is also an adjunct professor at School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to joining the United Nations, Howard ran Analytic Solutions LLC, which provides consulting services in designing, developing and modeling data. This work also included teaching data mining and modeling techniques for major international corporations and foreign governments. Prior to that, he was a Director at Capital One, where he led teams of statisticians, analysts and programmers in operations and marketing. Howard is the author of over 35 scientific articles and book chapters in areas of applied statistics, health economics with recent publications in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Current Medical Research & Opinion, Clinical Therapeutics, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, Clinical Drug Investigation and Value in Health. Howard Friedman received his BS from Binghamton University in Applied Physics and a Masters in Statistics, along with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Please note that all comments on this blog reflect the opinions of the author and not those of the United Nations or Columbia University

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DECEMBER 9, 2014 1:03PM

Romney vs. Nixon: Tale of the Tape

Mitt Romney is leading the field of potential Republican candidates in a recent national Quinnipiac University survey.   

While this might sounds impressive, it is important to recall that Mitt Romney faces long odds to being elected President in 2016.

Since 1900, there have been twenty c… Read full post »

America continues to lag most other democracies in terms of female representation. This distinction is not one to be proud of yet our nation has been behind the curve on female political representation for generations.

Currently there are twenty female Senators, 16 Democrat and 4 Republican. In… Read full post »

Few things can bring a quicker smile to one’s face than finding lost money …that is, until you wonder why it was ever lost.

My brother loved finding “lost” money.  He used to hide $50 bills in his suit pockets and then forget, all so he could enjoy discovering money.&nbRead full post »

Open enrollment is fast approaching. 

Last fall, I gave up my employer-based health insurance plan and jumped into New York’s health insurance exchange.

Why give up a good health plan that is partially subsidized by my employer to become one more person searching for an unsubsidized pla… Read full post »

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Written by Anke Hoeffler and Howard Steven Friedman


What if we told you that there was a deadly disease that wipes out thousands of people globally every day with little fanfare or international attention? It’s the second most

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 4:54PM

History is Against a Romney Presidency

After losing in 2012 Mitt Romney stated that he is done running for president...but this is 2014 and rumors are swirling.

Before too much is made of Mitt Romney chances in 2016 it is important to realize that history is very much against there ever being a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 6:03PM

China's Dependency-Ratio Turning Point

Around this year*, China will reach or have reached an important turning point in their demographics. The total dependency ratio will begin increasing after 50 years of decreasing. China's dependency ratio is projected to increase for decades and to surpass that of the United States inRead full post »

JULY 17, 2014 11:05AM

My Facation (Facebook Vacation) Time

Recently I took a Facebook vacation, or, as I like to call it, a Facation (not to be confused with a fake vacation). My Facation started rather uneventfully. No packing of suitcases, no plane tickets, no suntan lotion and no special announcements. Moreover, it was completely unplanned, beginning spo

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JUNE 8, 2014 5:34AM

Being Humane and Being Fair

This weekend I had an interesting discussion with a good-intentioned, but misinformed American. She was convinced that the majority of America's poor live fantastic lives receiving free luxury apartments, regularly purchase lobster dinners with food stamps and receive an extra thousand a week for ea

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MAY 18, 2014 9:01AM

The Long Fight for Justice

Voluntarily giving up power is a rare event. Groups who lack power nearly always have to battle the status quo to gain access to what are later considered basic rights.

History books often gloss over the fact that our Founding Fathers were the colonial elite. They were white men of

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Inequality has been on everyone's lips from President Obama to Mayor DeBlasio, from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times to The Indypendent.

Which inequality? There are plenty to choose from, including gender, racial, income, and wealth though the one th

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JANUARY 10, 2014 5:58PM

More than Black and White in NYC

When Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the mayor of New York City, the ceremony was filled with celebrities, political leaders and other members of New York City's community.

I noticed a few themes constantly repeated as I listened in the audience on that bitterly cold day.… Read full post »

The phrase "American Exceptionalism" means different things to different people.

To some, it carries a religious overtone, with the suggestion that the United States was specially chosen by God to be the dominant world power. Those who subscribe to that notion tend to believe that… Read full post »

I woke up in Harare, Zimbabwe to the news of Mandela's death. Two newspapers sat outside my door, NewsDay, an independent paper, and The Herald, the official newspaper of Zimbabwe.

NewsDay, an independent paper, had no article about Mandela since it had been printed before the announcement… Read full post »

On December 12th, the Department of Commerce released news that the advanced estimates for November 2013's sales were up 4.7 percent compared to November 2012. Sectors that have seen the largest year over year increases included motor vehicles (up 10.2 percent), furniture (up 9.7 percent), and el… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 12:05PM

Bloomberg's $uper Dozen Years

I wish I could have invested in Mike Bloomberg when he first became mayor because he has had a super, or shall I say $uper, dozen years.

No, I am not talking about debatable items like his mayoral legacy, especially his controversial third term. Nor… Read full post »

A waiter hands you the menu while mentioning, "Our chef has never taken a cooking class in his life. After 20 years of owning a successful construction company, he just decided that other people don't know how to cook. This is his first day on the… Read full post »

Years ago, I got a call out of the blue. Someone I don't usually work with, in delicate political language, was requesting I do something. Problem was that the request seemed highly inappropriate to me. It wasn't based on any policy or guideline and seemed to be very questionable on both… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2013 10:10AM

Bad Economic Analogies Never Die

Maybe you heard the analogy between managing household finances and government finances in an Intro to Economics class? Or maybe you heard it on talk radio or saw it spewed out on cable? Perhaps you remember Reagan referring to the federal government while stating, "...if you've… Read full post »

Over the years, I developed the impression that most success in life is due to some combination of effort, innate talent, luck and connections. Connections can include financial, social and political connections where some people were born into a web of family connections while others… Read full post »

The fact that the US health care outcomes lag that of many other wealthy countries (despite spending two to over four times more on health care) has been well established. What may surprise some is that the US consistently lags other wealthy countries in health outcomes… Read full post »

The following discussion NEVER happened:

Henry: "First thing I thought when I got the call...was it had to be a practical joke. I figured Tricky Dick was pulling a fast one on me. After all, how do you give a peace prize to someone who purposefully… Read full post »

Across the globe, men tend to live shorter lives than women - on average, roughly 6% shorter to be precise. This gender-based difference in life expectancy is related to many factors, some biologic and social. Male mortality is higher than female mortality throughout life, from… Read full post »

While the tale of the tape suggests that, in a democratic battle, the majority opinion will dominate against a passionate minority, the reality is far different.

In one corner, a small set of citizens stand poised to pounce whenever their issue comes into the public… Read full post »

The following is an excerpt from the recently released e-book, A Modest Proposal for America: Taxes, Entitlements, and the Manufactured Crisis of Federal Finance

America's social safety net is far less generous than most other wealthy nations'. As a percent of GDP, the US's rate of social spending… Read full post »