Opportunity to hear
AHS-based research

The inaugural Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS) Users Conference will be held on March 8, 2011. This day-long conference will present early results from the newly released 2009 AHS datasets. More than a dozen analysts from academic, private, and government organizations will present their findings on a wide range of housing topics, providing insights into the value of the AHS data.

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Conference Location

Brooke Mondale Auditorium, Suite C
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410

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John C. Weicher

Keynote Speaker

John C. Weicher is Director of Hudson Institute's Center for Housing and Financial Markets. He’s held several policy positions
at HUD. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner; from 1989 to 1993 he was Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research; from 1975 to 1977 he was Chief Economist; and from 1973 to 1974 he was a division director in the Office of Economic Affairs. Those last three positions were all in PD&R, and in those positions he was responsible for managing the AHS.

During 2007–2008 he chaired the Committee to Evaluate the Research Plan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the National Research Council. The Committee’s report — Rebuilding the Research Capacity at HUD — includes a number of recommendations for improving the AHS.

He is an economist, and he has often used the AHS in his research, going back to the late 1970s. He is currently in the midst of a research project on “The Long-Run Dynamics of Affordable Rental Housing,” using the AHS to describe the changes in the affordable rental housing stock between 1985 and 2009, under the auspices of the MacArthur Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Housing Statistics Users Group.

He has been a member of the Census Advisory Committee on Population Statistics and he now serves on the Advisory Board of Cityscape.

He holds an A.B. in English from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.