Victor G. Rodwin

Phone: (212) 998-7459
Fax: (212) 995-3890

Projects & Awards
World Cities Project
RWJ Health & Megacities
French Health Care System


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Paris Meeting, 13 July 2003

     - "Vieillir ensemble dans les mégalopoles," From Le Monde, 4 July 2003

Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, Vol. 79, No. 4 - December 2002

     - "The World Cities Project: Rationale, Organization and Design for Comparison of Megacity Health Systems"

International Longevity Center - USA, Issue Brief: September-October 2002

     - "Old and Poor in New York City"

The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies in France (INSEE):

     - "A Paris, plus de six femmes sur dix vivent seules aprés 80 ans," INSEE II-de-France A La Page, May-June 2002

Center for European Studies Conference: "New Visions of the European City: Paris - New York," 25-27 April 2002

    - Presentation: "Growing Older in New York & Paris"

London Meeting, 15-16 November 2001

    - Program
    - Summary of Proceedings

Kings College London: Millenium Festival of Medicine Lectures - 16 November 2000

    - "Urban Health: Is the City Infected?"

Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership - Fall 2000

    - CGP Newsletter

Tokyo Meeting, 23 June 2000

    - Program
    - List of Attendees

Mayors of the World Summit Paris: 16-17 March 2000

WCP Fact Sheet

World Cities Project Overview Paper

Population Aging and Longevity: Implications for Megacities

Urban Health: Is the City Infected?


World Cities Project

        The World Cities Project (WCP) examines the impact of population aging and longevity on New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo. WCP will compare health and social services, health and the quality of life for persons aged 65 and over in these four world cities. This joint venture between the Wagner School of Public Service and the International Longevity Center ( promotes the mission of the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA) to help societies, through research and education, support productive aging and quality of life among older persons.
        New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo are important locations in the global economy. They share an immense international traffic in the flow of trade, financial transactions, electronic communications, airline travel, and policy ideas. All four cities have been deeply affected by declining birth rates and a rise in the share of older persons. They already include areas in which the percentage of older persons is close to 20 percent. As urbanization and population aging increases throughout the world, we will need models of how to accommodate these population shifts as well as analyses of best practices.
        WCP introduces a spatial perspective to more conventional economic and demographic analyses of population aging. These often compare aggregate data, which masks important variations within nations, between urban and rural areas, and between large and small cities. In contrast, WCP will compare smaller and more similarly situated units, i.e., world cities, which share more common characteristics and problems and therefore provide notable advantages for cross-national learning. The focus on inter-city as well as intra-city comparisons represents a distinctive approach to social science research in the field of aging, and more broadly, social policy. It also brings a fresh perspective to comparative analyses of aging and health policies.
        Despite many of the common characteristics shared by New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, there are significant differences in labor force participation rates, life expectancy, mortality rates, the percent of older persons living alone, and systems for the provision of long-term care services. WCP will document the common characteristics and problems, as well as these differences. On the basis of quantitative data collection and case studies, WCP will organize working group meetings on specific themes, with the participation of city officials, policy analysts, and health and social service professionals. These meetings will be designed for knowledgeable experts to review research findings and to identify innovative and successful policy or program interventions. In the final stage of the project, designated areas of each city will serve as a laboratory in which to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative interventions.

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