Howard Steven Friedman

Howard Steven Friedman
Location
New York, New York, USA
Birthday
June 10
Bio
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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Salon.com

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 »

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

A healthy national economy requires long term planning so that it can invest in its future while maintaining a manageable level of debt. Reven… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2013 4:36PM

A Modest Proposal: Introduction

The following is the opening piece to the recently released, "A Modest Proposal for America: Taxes, Entitlements, and the Manufactured Crisis of Federal Finance".

'Tis a melancholy object indeed, the financial news. Newspapers, television pundits, and the Internet alike are spewing out dire statis… Read full post »

The word "loophole" is constantly used by politicians and the media to justify situations of extreme injustice or inequality. The word itself has a clear definition, "A loophole is an ambiguity or omission in the text through which the intent of a statute, contract, or obligation… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2013 5:15PM

Humility in Greatness

In cleaning up my apartment a few weeks ago, I came across a letter that was nearly 20 years old. It was a semi-formal letter, written on official stationary by an eminent scientist.

How did I end up with this letter? The scientist had… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2013 5:27PM

American Values at Rutgers

With Rutgers University's Mike Rice video and subsequent firing now in the news, many are tempted to talk about the special treatment given to sports. This conversation makes me wonder, which special treatment are they talking about?
• Is it the fact that children who show athletic… Read full post »

News of Hugo Chavez's death is spreading rapidly. In America, we can anticipate a large collection of articles noting his activities, articles that are nearly all a product of our America/corporate view of the world.

These American articles will be mostly negative, a one-sided portrayal… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 28, 2013 7:40PM

Rights Are Not Entitlements

As Americans discuss our system of social supports, we constantly hear the word "entitlements" and rarely the word "rights." Of course, in America the word "entitlements" is not a neutral word. Rather, it is a loaded word, laced with specific attitudes and associations in both the… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 20, 2013 7:21PM

Nuclear Nations: Energy and Bombs

There seems to be two very separate conversations regarding nuclear technology, one about its use as a power source and another about its use as a weapon. This separation is understandable, after all, people often distinguish between ensuring energy supplies and military goals. Of course,… Read full post »

Medical science moves in painfully small steps and occasionally huge leaps. Giant jumps such as the polio vaccine, insulin's use to control diabetes and HIV/AIDS treatments are mixed in with the far more frequent introduction of "me-three" drugs and minor tweaks on well-established procedures.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2013 6:34PM

America Not Truly a Religious Country

Surveys repeatedly show that Americans are more religious than other developed countries. We are an anomaly compared to other wealthy democracies in our comparatively high rate church/synagogue/mosque attendance. Moreover, America is the only wealthy democracy where there active debates as to wh… Read full post »