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PPI Research examines the prospects for secure middle-class retirement.  


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Learn about the policy development process at AARP, and read about AARP's positions on public issues in The Policy Book, AARP Public Policies

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PPI is home to the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center coordinates the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide initiative to transform health care through nursing, engaging a wide range of health care professionals, consumer advocates, policy-makers, and the business, academic, and philanthropic communities. More

About PPI

The Public Policy Institute (PPI) is the focal point of public policy research, analysis and development at AARP. Led by AARP Senior Vice President Susan Reinhard, PPI's staff works to design policies that have a significant impact on improving economic security, health care and quality of life.


Founded in 1985, PPI publishes staff research and analysis regularly throughout the year. Publications from 1998 to the present can be found on this site.


PPI also frequently convenes leading policy experts for discussion of key national and state policy issues. In addition, staff provide critical research and analytical support for AARP advocacy efforts and campaigns at the state and federal level.



The Consumer Team conducts research and policy analysis, and brings together thought leaders to develop and advance AARP’s public policy agenda on consumer protection.

The team focuses on critical marketplace practices and regulatory developments that affect financial services and literacy, credit practices, fraud and deceptive practices, energy and telecommunications, and advance planning issues such as guardianship and powers of attorney.

The Economic Team analyzes and develops policies related to the economy and its impact on financial security, particularly security in retirement. Key research topics include:

  • Solvency of the Social Security program and the adequacy of benefits for low-income retirees;
  • Adequacy and coverage of workplace pensions;
  • Individual retirement saving, managing assets in retirement, and the income of older Americans;
  • Supplemental Security Income and other programs to protect low-income families and retirees;
  • Workplace flexibility, training, age discrimination and other issues related to the older workforce; and
  • Equity and efficiency of tax policies and the adequacy of tax revenues.


The Health Team conducts research and policy analysis, and brings together thought leaders to develop and advance AARP’s public policy agenda on health care.

The team examines critical public policy issues that affect access to health care services, quality and safety, cost of care and public health. Our goal is to foster sound and creative solutions that meet the health care challenges of an aging society and to inform state and national policymakers, opinion leaders, researchers, program planners and administrators.


The Livable Communities/Long-Term Care Team focuses on expanding consumer access and choice to an array of affordable long-term care options, with an emphasis on improving home and community-based services, supporting family caregivers, and making communities more livable.


PPI Strategic Initiatives

The Public Policy Institute works with external partners and foundations on a range of projects designed to improve care and services available to older Americans. Learn more.









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