- 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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As the presidential campaigns get revved up, I find myself chatting with friends increasingly about politics, the American political system and, of course, the political parties. One thing I find strange is the impressively high number of friends who call themselves independents, despite the fac… Read full post »
It is human nature to select the facts that are convenient to our own point of view while ignoring those facts that contradict. We discard them as though they had no merit even though often the set of facts supporting a counterargument may be even more… Read full post »
Before diving into any detailed analysis of government data, I usually hear the voice of one of my professors telling his favorite statistics joke. It went something like this, "Statisticians are brilliant people. They can analyze raw data, develop complex models, draw causal inferences and make bold… Read full post »
History doesn't repeat itself exactly, but there are lessons to learn from other people's mistakes. Al Gore had a lot of advantages going into the 2000 election against George W. Bush, yet he lost for a variety of reasons. One of the key… Read full post »
"Anyone getting unemployment benefits should be tested for drugs before they receive benefits. They are benefiting off of my hard-earned tax dollars and the government shouldn't give my tax money to any crack addict."
"How about politicians? Shouldn't they get tested? After all, they are… Read full post »
The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did?
Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk about our trade imbalance. Every month America's importing over $20 billion more in Chinese goods than we export to China.… Read full post »
2011 marked the announcement that the world's population had reached 7 billion. While the media coverage focused on the implications of the growing population and the resulting strains that this growth can cause, less attention was paid to the fact that the population growth varies greatly… Read full post »
"You Americans sure do have a funny democracy."
"Tell me about it."
"Let me get this right, you have to win the party nomination in order to be on the presidential ballot."
"So far, so good."
"And the party nomination is determined by these states saying which… Read full post »
Many historians argue that the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a turning point in mankind's history, events that marked the beginning of humanity's ability to instantly self-annihilate. After the United States had its first successful nuclear test in 1945, the nuclear club was soon expan… Read full post »
I was in the supermarket a few days ago and came across a bag of goji berries. The bag was proudly labeled as a Superfood. Now, I know Americans love a good advertising pitch as much as a simple solution to a complicated problem, but, I… Read full post »
In a recent article , I discussed how according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook 2011, America spent nearly $700 billion in military expenses 2010 or about 43% of the entire global military spending. The US military expenditure as a percent of GDP is… Read full post »
How much a country spends on its military budget is a reflection of a number of factors, including the size of the economy, the perceived military threat or opportunity, the influence of the private sector on government policy and the overall priorities of a society.… Read full post »
In a recent interview with Piers Morgan, Colin Powell was asked about the enormous salaries paid in the financial industry. Powell's reply, in echoing the words that so many have parroted before, praised the capitalist system and expressed the conviction that the rewards in the finance… Read full post »
Mayor Bloomberg just learned a lesson that leaders have known for centuries and was most recently seen in the latest Zuccotti Park showdown. Only a few days earlier, the mayor stated that peaceful protests would be allowed, as one might expect since Freedom of Speech is… Read full post »
Every news outlet loves reporting about the activities of the Tea Party, the influence of the Tea Party, which candidate is most supported by the Tea Party.... Some talk about the Tea Party as being a great positive influence on American democracy and others mock the Tea… Read full post »
"Thanks for inviting me to your baseball tournament. So explain the rules to me again."
"The rules are simple. All the teams from my hometown play each other until we have a hometown champion. All the teams that came from somewhere else play each other.… Read full post »
In the months leading up to the 1980 Democratic nomination, incumbent President Carter was challenged by Ted Kennedy. The Iran Hostage Crisis and poor economy had painted Carter as a weak leader, one with little chance of re-election. Carter eventually won the nomination as Kennedy's presidential… Read full post »
In a previous article, I discussed the fact that the U.S. is an outlier regarding incarceration rates, having a rate that is about 7 times the amount of typical OECD countries (the OECD is an international organization comprised of 34 countries, representing many of the wealthier… Read full post »
In high school, a friend of mine once borrowed $100. That was a decent amount of money for a 14-year-old to lend out but, since he was a friend in need, I figured why not. Problem was, he never felt it was important to pay me back. He trivialized my requests… Read full post »
I'm going to depart from my usual topics to focus on a lighter one, sports.
For the past few weeks, many people were riveted by articles about Derek Jeter and his chase for 3,000 hits. For me, this story lacked interest. We knew he would hit this milestone. The result… Read full post »
One of my favorite quotes of all time is John Maynard Keynes famous retort, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" Unfortunately, too often people hold onto their opinions regardless of the changing landscape of facts.
News… Read full post »
Measuring poverty rates is mixture of art and science, a combination of objective measurements and subjective decisions. The objective measurements are the well grounded statistics such as the wealth distribution within a country. Less objective data like cost-of-living rates or price-pur… Read full post »
The dismal science has bred a fascinating collection of prominent species. While many economists toil away in obscurity, a small set of economists rise to fame, fortune or even both. Those leading lights of economics tend to fall in a few easily recognizable groups.… Read full post »