Maxwell School

Douglas A. Wolf

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Doug Wolf

Contact Information

dawolf@maxwell.syr.edu

314 Lyman Hall
(315) 443-9066

Office Hours:
by appointment only

Staff Support:
Velita Degraft (x2703)
vsdegraf@maxwell.syr.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Douglas Wolf's CV

Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies
Senior Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research

Degree

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1977

Specialties

Aging and public policy, population studies, quantitative methods

Courses

 FALL 2013

PAI 721-4 Intro to Statistics  (M/W - 12:45–2:05 - 110 Maxwell Hall)

Biography

Douglas Wolf is a demographer, policy analyst, program evaluator, and gerontological researcher with many years of experience studying the economic, demographic, and social aspects of aging and long-term care. Wolf's professional experience includes an appointment as an economist in the Office of Income Security of Health, Education and Welfare (now DHHS), several years at the Urban Institute culminating in a position as Director of its Population Studies Center, and several years at Syracuse University, where he is currently Professor of Public Administration, Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies, and Associate Director of the Maxwell School's Center for Policy Research. Wolf also spent two years as a Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria where he worked with (and was Acting Director of) its Population Program.

Wolf's research areas include several topics in the well-being and life course-patterns of the older population, such as household composition and parent-child coresidence; the dynamics of nursing home use; use of community-based long-term care resources; and the spatial distribution of kin and migration choices. A primary theme of Wolf's research is the role of family and kinship patterns in shaping the choices facing older people and their immediate kin with respect to living and care arrangements. Wolf is also active in the development and application of demographic methodology, particularly in the area of microsimulation.

In recent years, Wolf has conducted several international and comparative research projects. He received a National Institute on Aging grant to study elder care and living arrangements in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. He is a founding member of the International Network of Research on Elder Care (INREC) and has presented lectures at several international conferences including meetings organized by the United Nations.

Wolf has published over 70 articles and book chapters and has served on the editorial boards of five scholarly journals. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Research Interests

Wolf's research areas include several topics in the well-being and life course-patterns of the older population, such as household composition and parent-child coresidence; the dynamics of nursing home use; use of community-based long-term care resources; and the spatial distribution of kin and migration choices. A primary theme of Wolf's research is the role of family and kinship patterns in shaping the choices facing older people and their immediate kin with respect to living and care arrangements. In much of his research, Wolf has also focused on the impacts of fiscal and programmatic variations (such as state-level Medicaid program features and state and local taxation and expenditure variables) on behavioral outcomes. Wolf is also active in the development and application of demographic methodology, particularly in the area of microsimulation. He is currently developing a model structure, and computer implementation of the model, with which to project the distribution of pre- and post-retirement income, kinship patterns, and disability profiles of the older population through the year 2025. Wolf's research has been continuously supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging since 1985.

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