The Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a longitudinal household survey conducted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, collects data that facilitate research into different aspects of population aging in the United States.

The RAND HRS Longitudinal File is a cleaned, easy-to-use, and streamlined data product containing information from the HRS, including variables on demographics, health, health insurance, Social Security, pensions, family structure, retirement plans, expectations, and employment history, as well as imputations for income, assets, and medical expenditures.

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and Overview

  • Chapter Two

    Conceptual Variables

  • Chapter Three

    Income andWealth Imputations

  • Chapter Four

    Poverty Threshold Definitions and HRS Measures

  • Chapter Five

    Social Security and SSI Disability Episodes

  • Chapter Six

    Structure of Codebook

  • Chapter Seven

    Distribution and Technical Notes

  • Chapter Eight

    Data Codebook

  • Section A

    Demographics, Identifiers, and Weights

  • Section B


  • Section C

    Functional Limitations and Helpers

  • Section D

    Financial and Housing Wealth

  • Section E


  • Section F

    Social Security

  • Section G


  • Section H

    Health Insurance

  • Section I

    Family Structure

  • Section J

    Retirement Plans, Expectations

  • Section K

    Employment History

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