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Michael Hodin
Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging, Managing Partner at High Lantern Group, and a Fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. He is also a featured blogger The Fiscal Times, under the Age and Reason Blog.

From 1976-80, Mike was Legislative Assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. During this period he was also a Visiting Scholar at Brookings Institution, on U.S. Foreign Economic Policy. He was a senior executive at Pfizer, Inc. for 30 years, where he created and then led its International Public Affairs and Public Policy operations.

Mike is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 2010-2013, was Adjunct Senior Fellow. He sits on the Boards of the Foreign Policy Association, the Business Council for International Understanding, The NYC Blood Center, the American Skin Association, the American Society on Aging, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Emigrant Savings Bank The Partners for a Livable Community – Aging in Place Advisory Council, and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing.

Mike holds a BA, cum laude, Cornell University, International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and M.Phil and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Mike is married, has two daughters and lives in New York City.

Entries by Michael Hodin

Seth Rogen Leads The Fight Against Alzheimer's

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 8:26 AM

That the North Korean leadership takes American comedy as an act of war is a particular feature of the role information and technology has assumed in 21st century life. Kim Jong-Un cannot countenance Seth Rogen and James Franco's antics in "The Interview," however fantastic they may be. But...

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Why 2014 Was A Good Year To Grow Old

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 7:26 AM

It's the end of the year, and we all know what that means: time again for the bloated, thumb-sucking Year in Review listicles. Woo hoo. This year, even the brainier publications are whiffing spectacularly. In the Economist's usually-pretty-good annual financial summary, nowhere does one find meaningful analysis of...

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Where Have All The Babies Gone?

(14) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 9:02 PM

As one of their year-end announcements, The Centers for Disease Control reported the U.S. birth rate at 1.86, below the replacement level of 2.1. There have already been grumblings about how a lowered fertility rate nationally will have an adverse impact on American economic growth.

While fertility...

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Dear @EliseStefanik

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:33 PM

You did it! You're the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. And to do it in a traditionally Democratic district only adds to your impressive feat.

But here's the thing: Now what? You tweeted in your campaign about bringing new jobs to the region. You noted the...

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Welcome to a New World, Mom

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 5:38 PM

I've been blogging on aging for four years now, and for the first time I'm going to break my own rule and get personal.

Recently, my mother turned 85. After a few dozen texts and emails with my brothers and sisters, we decided to get her...

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Why I Want to Live Past 75

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:37 PM

The best thing about Ezekiel Emanuel's "Why I Hope To Die at 75" is that it calls attention to the most consequential development of our time, the aging of the American and global population. Emanuel's long essay, in the latest edition of The Atlantic, makes the case why...

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We're In This One Together

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Alzheimer's is what people fear most in retirement, according to a new Merrill Lynch study conducted in partnership with Age Wave. We fear Alzheimer's more than cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease -- combined. And no wonder: the disease is a one-way street with no cure.


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Fashion for Boomers

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:50 PM

The end of summer in New York City , as night follows day, brings diplomats, heads of state, more diplomats and lots of talk on the East River at the opening of the UN General Assembly. It also brings film festivals galore downtown, galas across midtown to raise...

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Happy Vacations, Healthy Skin

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 12:39 PM

If you're like me, it's hardly imaginable that Labor Day 2014 is almost here. And with it the end of our summer where we vacation, rest and have fun in the sun. Which takes us to one of the more agreeable and bipartisan legislative successes, namely the House of Representatives'...

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Employment for the Ages

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The latest U.S. figures on unemployment reveal a stunning gap between the official rate at about 6% and the more accurate if unofficial rate closer to double at about 12%. The two generally accepted explanations tend to be a profound and disturbing structural shift characterized boldly and accurately by the...

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3 Lessons On Aging We Can Learn From Robin Williams

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 9:07 AM

We'll miss you, Robin. But, you showed us sometimes through laughs, sometimes through tears, how to trample the ordinary. You sounded your barbaric yawp from Hollywood's rooftops. We thank you for it.

The fact that we believe he died so young says a great deal about life...

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Markets, Aging and Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:48 PM

As Procter & Gamble Co. takes new aim at aging Americans by making and marketing products for adults suffering from incontinence, the move confirms one thing: While good public policy can help transform the billion of us over age 60 by 2020 into a source of economic growth...

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American Innovation for NCDs

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Just back from July 4th, and amid the unbearable heat in DC, some fresh news came from the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings. Their 21st Century Cures Initiative is showing real, visionary leadership in solving some of the most urgent problems in health and medicine: regulatory reform,...

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Immigration and American Aging

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 6:55 PM

If David Brat's huge upset of Eric Cantor has legs across America, it may well mean the end of the great political goal of immigration reform. And the impact on our economic future could hang in the balance if there are any lessons to be learned from one...

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Wrong Questions, Wrong People

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Pfizer's move to acquire British-based pharma company AstraZeneca has proven that too many in the political world have not a clue how markets work, how innovation takes place, or how economic growth is achieved. The UK Parliament has grilled Pfizer CEO Ian Read, asking him to...

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Hillary's Age

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:59 PM

There will be plenty of reasons to vote against Hillary in 2016, but her older age is not one of them.

Brain injury or not, the relationship between aging and health as a factor in Hillary's decision to run (and if she is successful, how well...

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Pharma's Success And Ours

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 7:29 AM

The pharmaceutical sector is still struggling to find an operating model that will work in the 21st century. The shocking news of GlaxoSmithKline's sale of its cancer-drug business to Novartis -- and the many recent huge deals like it -- are the most recent evidence.

And no...

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Dear University Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Dear University Leadership,

First, thank you very much for the invitation to give the 2014 commencement address. I very humbly accept the invitation

I recognize what a fine tradition of commencement addresses your institution has and I hope that my contribution will continue this honorable heritage.


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Sheep, Goats and Re-starting Emerging Markets' Growth

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:04 PM

The "emerging markets" have become shrouded behind a huge question mark. As corporate earnings season underscores, Morgan Stanley expects recent good performance to turn south, noting that emerging markets have made little "improvement in fundamentals."

In Forbes, Financial commentator Gary Shilling sees two...

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An Aging IMF

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:45 PM

As IMF officials and Central Bankers gather in DC this past week, and six years after the financial crisis that swept Barack Obama into office, we are still debating if and when to intervene in countries and financial institutions in economic and fiscal crisis. At the center of...

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