Simon  Haeder


Assistant Professor of Public Policy


  • Health & Medicine
  • Law and Policy
  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Health Policy
  • Research to Policy


  • Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program, a national leadership development program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to equip teams of researchers and community partners in applying research to solve real community problems
  • Most recent work has focused on such issues as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, provider networks, and regulatory policymaking at the Office of Management and Budget
  • Frequent contributor in the The Conversation, the Charleston-Gazette Mail, and the Register-Herald and the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

​Simon Haeder is an assistant professor of public policy at Penn State and a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program. Haeder’s recent research focuses on provider networks, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the role of expertise in the policymaking process, the opioid epidemic, and high-risk insurance pools. He is also involved in several projects investigating regulatory politics at the President’s Office of Management and Budget and Department of the Interior. He was also part of the inaugural cohort of the American Enterprise Institute’s Emerging Poverty Scholars program.

In The Media

"Simon Haeder, an assistant professor of public policy at Pennsylvania State University, said the outbreaks show how the addiction crisis and the diseases it fuels endanger everyone, while also revealing cracks in the nation’s patchwork, poorly funded public health system."

"Rural communities face growing infrastructure problems like decaying water systems. And they have more limited access to amenities ranging from grocery stores to movie theaters, lower quality schools, and less access to high-speed internet. Yet perhaps most daunting are the tremendous health disparities rural Americans face, in terms of both their own health and accessing care."

"... Americans put great value on the lives of their pets. Yet how much value? We set out to find an answer for the pet Americans are particularly fond of: their dogs. ... Ultimately, we concluded that the value is of the average dog is about $10,000. While some may chuckle at our research, we believe it holds important implications for human medicine, health and well-being."

Obamacare Lawsuit: Why Pa. needs to prepare for the worst | Opinion

from Pennsylvania Capital-Star January 3, 2020

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