Documentation » Question Concordance
This documentation resource lets researchers scan the metadata of publicly released HRS datasets in order to find information that may be of use in analysis efforts. The Concordance covers the biennial HRS datasets collected during the period 1992 through 2012 that are available to the public. It contains one record for each of the questions represented by one or more variables in a specified public file. Concordance records are linked over time only in that they have have the same base variable name, have keywords in common, or appear in the same section over muntiple years.
To assist in efficient use of the Concordance, researchers may wish to review the User Notes page, which contains category coding information, section definitions, hints on how to formulate search queries, and retrieval/display recommendations.
Not all questions are repeated for each wave; certain questions are only asked of respondents every second, third, or fourth wave. Visit the Alternate Wave Questions Master Chart for further information.
The Center for Global Aging Research at the University of Southern California has developed the Gateway to Global Aging Data, a search engine for finding comparable questions and identically defined variables across surveys. Visit this site for information on using HRS data in conjunction with other studies in the HRS family.