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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

Immigration and American Aging

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:55 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 | 2:31 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 | 4:59 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 | 6:29 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 | 12:51 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 | 5:04 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 | 2:45 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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A Dozen Things You Didn't Know About Alzheimer's

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 6:02 AM

In the latest on the U.S. Budget Battle front, the Obama Administration recently published its long term projections for the 2015 Budget. One good bet is that whatever projections exist for long term healthcare costs, unless we get on top of the Alzheimer's crisis, those projections are likely...

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Hooray for Craig

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Craig Venter, the genome pioneer, is now launching a new innovation in gene sequencing that is as exciting as it is hopeful. If Venter's sequencing can help us get to a place where the secrets of our DNA can be revealed to tell healthcare providers how to formulate...

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Obamacare Is a Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:26 AM

What is becoming increasingly clear as the arguments over Obamacare get louder and more partisan is that it has little to do with health care. Ostensibly, Obamacare is designed to create a more comprehensive system of care and coverage. Really, though, it's just a law about dollars and...

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If Ringo and Paul Can Work...

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:36 PM

The beginning of the year in America is a great moment of cultural connection. In between the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards there's the State of the Union, often outdone by our fascination with Hollywood's big awards. This year, a common theme is the seminal challenge of our era:...

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Older in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:45 AM

Decades ago, the classic French entertainer Maurice Chevalier quipped that getting older "isn't so bad when you consider the alternative." It's clever, and at one time it made pretty good sense. But the times, as they say, are a-changing. Four years into the so-called "baby boomer bulge" -- when the...

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Wearables for All Ages

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 10:06 AM

The dust has finally settled on the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where the biggest hit was in the marriage of Intel's chip technology and the latest millennial high-fashion favorite, Opening Ceremony, to design chic wearables. Add Madison Avenue's Barneys to the mix,...

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Boomers and Urban Growth

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 2:58 PM

As Mayor De Blasio assumes his new office, he'd be wise to recognize the role of one of the city's critical constituencies: the aging population. It was just a couple of decades ago that many baby boomers made the critical life-decision to bet on the City, rather than...

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2013 Was the Best Yet to Get Older

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:00 PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year, apparently. Unless you're a Washington Redskins fan, a advocate, or an employee in the PR department of the NSA. But as the snow falls and the yule-tides rise, it's worth looking back over 2013 to note -- to celebrate -- what...

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China's Aging Population

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:12 AM

While UK Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to China earlier this month made progress on the importance of free and open trade and investment, an even bigger help to China was his move as head of the G-8 to hold a Dementia Summit. It is the...

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AIDS, Alzheimer's and Us

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:49 PM

As G-8 government leaders meet in London later this week to launch a strategy for Alzheimer's disease, it is worth recalling how global leaders did it for HIV/AIDS not too long ago.

Twenty-five years ago, the first World AIDS Day was held. At the...

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Caroline Grows Up

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:39 PM

A lot can happen in 50 years. Since President Kennedy was assassinated, we got to the moon and planted our flag. We survived the Cold War, and a country that was once the U.S.'s greatest enemy is gone forever. And that battle with the Soviet Empire for world order now...

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Delayed Aging, Not Delayed Websites

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 8:25 AM

As Kathleen Sebelius was under fire for the monumental screw-up of the Obamacare website, Senator Bill Nelson held a smaller, less sensational conversation on the future of America. In a Member's Roundtable, Senator Nelson called together a group of experts to discuss...

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How Work Can Improve Mental Health Among the Aging

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Last month celebrated Mental Illness Awareness, but you wouldn't be at fault for not noticing. The event, meant to draw attention to major depression and other mental disorders, went by with barely a blip on the radar. The messy roll-out of the Affordable Care Act -- which, ironically, promotes mental...

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