Areas of Expertise
Research methods and statistics, demographics, disability, family caregiving, and use of formal long-term services and supports (LTSS)
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
- Redfoot, D., Feinberg, L., and Houser, A., “The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap: A Look at Future Declines in the Availability of Family Caregivers,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, August 2013).
- Houser, A., Fox-Grage, W., and Ujvari, K., “Across the States 2012: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, September 2012).
- Houser, A., “Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, September 2011).
- Feinberg, L., Reinhard, S., Houser, A., and Choula, R., “Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update — The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, July 2011).
- Redfoot, D., Houser, A., and Gibson, M., “Trends in Disability, Community Living, and Caregiving: Analysis of Data from the National Long-Term Care Survey,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, September 2010).