Name: Simon Hedlin.
Geography: Born in Taiwan, grew up in Sweden, studied in the United Kingdom, and am now living in the United States.
Currently: Researcher in law and economics with focus on behavioral economics, gender equality, and human rights. Journalist contributing to various publications. Research consultant to non-profit organizations.
Previously: Research Assistant at Harvard Law School. Researcher at Columbia University. Graduated with a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master of Arts in Quantitative Methods (Economics and Statistics) from Columbia University. Worked as Political Adviser for Gender Equality and Human Rights at the Prime Minister’s Office in Sweden. Managed parliamentary campaigns for female candidates. Studied Statistics, Mathematics and Economic History at Stockholm University and Lund University. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics (major) and Political Science (minor) from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
Some of my academic interests: Administrative law, behavioral economics, constitutional law, experimental economics, federal sentencing guidelines, crime prevention, economic inequality, gender equality, paid parental leave, human rights, violence against women, financial sector regulation, international development, and sex trafficking.
Some of my other interests: Academic journals, photography, movie soundtracks, all about penguins, foreign affairs, the mathematical decimal pi, telling stories, meeting new people, cooking, collecting facts about Nobel Laureates in Economics, visualizing data, Lost Generation literature, the United States Supreme Court, baking, works by William Shakespeare, movies by Hayao Miyazaki, seemingly unnecessary facts, creative fiction writing, current affairs, and traveling to new places.
Professional memberships, volunteer work, or organizations that I financially support: ARKive – Images of Life on Earth, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Constitution Society (ACS), American Economic Assocation (AEA), American Law and Economics Association, American Mensa, American Society of International Law, Behavioral Science & Policy Association, British Mensa, CouchSurfing, Decision Science Institute, Econometric Society, Economic Science Association (ESA), End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT), European Economic Association (EEA), Global Fund for Women, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Institute for Women’s Policy Research, International Association for Feminist Economics, International Association of Privacy Professionals, International Studies Association (ISA), Kiva.org, Mensa International, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Course Ware (MIT OCW), READ International, Royal Economic Society (RES), Royal Statistical Society (RSS), The Law and Society Association, The Society for Empirical Legal Studies, The Supreme Court Historical Society, The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), US Human Rights Network, World Land Trust.
Brief presentation: I am interested in a lot of things so rather than having a specific focus, this blog comprises of a potpourri of my personal reflections – most of them, however, approached quantitatively. I have an academic background and – at least for the next few years – an academic future, so there might be a slight bias towards regression analyses and scatter plots. Anyway, I hope to occasionally raise interesting perspectives by challenging conventional wisdom. My aim is to be factual rather than personal. And on a final note, I enjoy a good debate, so please share all your wise thoughts, ask good questions, and correct my errors.