Harmonization of Cross-National Studies of Aging to the Health and Retirement Study

Employment and Retirement Measures

by Gema Zamarro, Jinkook Lee

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Abstract

This paper summarizes and compares measures of employment and retirement status in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and its sister surveys from other countries: the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA), the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR), the Chinese Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), the Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS), The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA), and the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). The authors analyze and discuss the extent, to which these measures are comparable, the methodological differences in the way information was collected for these measures, and the implications for secondary data analysis. This paper is one in a series of similar papers, each comparing different domains (e.g., chronic medical conditions, cognition, expectations, transfers, income, and wealth) across these surveys with an aim to encourage rigorous, cross-national and international comparison research on aging populations.

Table of Contents

  • Section One

    Inventory of Measures on Financial Transfers

  • Section Two

    Methodological Issues

  • Section Three

    Using Measures in Cross-Country Analysis

  • Section Four

    Question Concordance

This paper series was made possible by the NIA funded RAND Center for the Study of Aging and the NICHD funded RAND Population Research Center.

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