Simon  Haeder


Assistant Professor of Public Policy


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

Focus Areas:

  • Health Policy
  • Research to Policy
  • Affordable Care Act


  • Simon Haeder is available to comment on COVID-19 vaccine policy implementation, equity issues related to vaccine distribution, and whether companies and schools should require employees and students to be vaccinated. He can also discuss the ways in which partisan politics challenge our handling of this national health emergency.

​Simon Haeder is an assistant professor of public policy at Penn State and a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program. Haeder’s research focuses on provider networks, 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

"In our view, no matter the outcome of the elections, the impacts of the failed coronavirus response will likely reverberate through the U.S. political system for decades. Much rebuilding will need to be done." - Simon Haeder and Sarah Gollust

With Football Returning, Big Ten Cities Brace for More Outbreaks

from The New York Times September 17, 2020

“It’ll be a tremendous challenge for teams to stay healthy and for student-athletes to stay healthy. I wish everyone the best, and I hope it works out. But it doesn’t take too much for it to not.” - Simon Haeder

"Experts agree that the slow and uncoordinated response has been inadequate and has likely failed to mitigate the coming widespread outbreak in the U.S. As a health policy expert, I agree with this assessment. However, it is also important to acknowledge that we have underfunded our public health system for decades, perpetuated a poorly working health-care system and failed to bring our social safety nets in line with other developed nations. As a result, I expect significant repercussions for the country, much of which will disproportionately fall on those who can least afford it."

"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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