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Howard Steven Friedman works as a statistician and health economist for the United Nations and teaches at Columbia University. In addition to following him on Twitter at howardsfriedman you can also sign up to his Facebook fan page Howard Steven Friedman.

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

Entries by Howard Steven Friedman

America's Lagging Female Political Representation

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:27 PM

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 20 female senators, 16 Democrat and four Republican. In the House, there...

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Government Policy on 'Lost' Money Needs Revision

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 5:45 PM

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...

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Putting Your Health Insurance Where Your Mouth Is

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:44 PM

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...

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History Is Against a Romney Presidency

(91) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 6:03 PM

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 President...

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China's Dependency-Ratio Turning Point

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:22 PM

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 in about 40 years.

China's...

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My Facation (Facebook Vacation) Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:08 PM

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 spontaneously as...

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Being Humane and Being Fair

(9) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 4:02 PM

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 each child they have. When I...

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The Long Fight for Justice

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 9:49 AM

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...

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American Inequality: Ticking Time Bomb

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 12:31 PM

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...

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More than Black and White in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 5:32 PM

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.

The first...

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Eight Graphs Showing American Exceptionalism

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 1:13 PM

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 America is a force...

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Dark Side of After-Christmas Sales Starting BEFORE Christmas

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 11:23 AM

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 electronics (up...

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Mandela's Death: A Tale of Two Zimbabwean Newspapers

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 12:40 PM

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 the previous night....

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Bloomberg's $uper Dozen Years

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2013 | 2:54 PM

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 am I referring to...

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Relevant Experience Becoming a Political Liability

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 12:08 PM

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 job and we've never...

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If They Won't Put It in Writing Then Be Afraid

(9) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 2:54 PM

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...

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Bad Economic Analogies Never Die

(5) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 10:34 AM

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 got a kid that's...

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Kennedy, Kidd and the Keys to Success

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 3:25 PM

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 developed them over their career....

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American Mortality Comparatively Higher Across All Age Groups

(8) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:54 AM

The fact that the U.S. 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 U.S. consistently lags other wealthy countries in health outcomes across all stages of...

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Nobel Peace Prize Winners Mythical Discussion

(8) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:45 AM

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 extends a war?...

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