Harmonization of HRS International Aging Studies

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This project established a research network for the harmonization of cross-national studies of aging with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). This network supports the development of new international studies with harmonized data, maintains harmonization and data development among existing comparable studies, and develops a cross-national research agenda.


The goal of this project, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) through a Research Related Grant (R-24) from the Behavioral and Social Research program, is to encourage the harmonization of survey content and subject matter in Health and Retirement Study (HRS) aging studies around the world. To achieve this goal, this project has convened a set of meetings with the principal investigators of all of the HRS-family studies, and has sponsored small-scale pilot studies to encourage comparability and harmonization. Another goal of the project is to help develop a cross-national research agenda on aging.

Meeting Reports

On April 1–3, 2015, the RAND Corporation convened a meeting of the Network on the Harmonization of International Aging Studies, with support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Network progress and to identify future opportunities and priorities for enhanced harmonization of longitudinal studies on aging to facilitate cross-national comparisons.

Summary of 2015 meeting (PDF) Summary of 2013 meeting (PDF) Summary of 2011 meeting (PDF)