RAND HRS Exit Fat Files

The Center has produced versions of the HRS Exit Interview data files that merge all the raw variables from each respondent-level questionnaire section to create a single respondent-level dataset for each wave. These files are easily merged with one another and with all other the RAND HRS data products, which can expedite the preparation of analytic files from HRS.

There is a single Exit File for each year of HRS starting in 1995 which contains all of the "raw" or original variables, merged to the respondent level.

To access the data:

  • You must first register with HRS, if you haven't already. Registration is free. You will receive a password from HRS within 24 hours, usually much sooner. When you receive your password, you can return here to continue.
  • If you've already registered, login to the HRS Public File Download System.
  • Once you have logged in, follow the "Data Downloads" link.

Available files include 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 final release data. These can easily be used with the current release of the RAND HRS. For more detailed information, please see the following documents:

Documentation for Exit Fat Files Help Using Data Products FAQ

These documents provide information on what has been added to raw HRS data in these files, but they are not codebooks or questionnaires. Codebooks and questionnaires may be found on the HRS website. We urge you to regularly visit the HRS website, which provides a wealth of information about the data, including questionnaires, codebooks, background on study design, and data alerts.

For more information, questions, or comments please see our FAQ or email us at RANDHRSHelp@rand.org.