Ari Houser, MA

Senior Methods Advisor

Areas of Expertise

Research methods and statistics, demographics, disability, family caregiving, and use of formal long-term services and supports (LTSS)

Ari Houser, AARP

Ari Houser, MA


Ari Houser has been part of the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) since 2004. His workfocuses on trends in demographics, disability, family caregiving, and the use of formal LTSS services. He has been the lead data analyst for the Across the States and Valuing the Invaluable series of publications on LTSS and family caregiving. Ari was also the primary
data analyst for the 2011 and 2014 State LTSS Scorecards. In addition, he provides methodological and statistical assistance throughout PPI.

Before coming to AARP, Ari worked at the RAND Corporation and taught courses in statistics and public policy. He has undergraduate degrees from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He is a PhD candidate (ABD) in measurement, statistics, and evaluation at the University of Maryland.

In His Words

“Even after standardizing definitions, estimates of the economic value of caregiving can vary widely. The original Valuing the Invaluable report estimated an economic value of $354 billion in 2006, but we also showed that reasonable assumptions could place that value anywhere between $167 billion and $780 billion, with most of the variation due to decisions regarding the value per hour.” “Just How Valuable Is Family Caregiving,” AARP Blog, July 19, 2013

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