Data Products

What's Available (Public) A comprehensive listing of HRS Public and Sensitive Health data products.
  • Biennial Datasets
  • Longitudinal Datasets
  • Off-Year Studies
  • Sensitive Health data
  • Genetics Data

Access to Public Data
(Registration required):
Register and download data products from these categories.
  • HRS Public Data
  • Sensitive Health Data (with approved application)
  • Genetics Data (with approved application)
  • Researcher Contributions (public)
  •  RAND  Contributions

Sensitive Health Data The Health and Retirement Study strives to provide high quality data without compromising respondent confidentiality. Since respondent health data contain sensitive information, such data products are only released to researchers who qualify for access through a supplemental registration system and agreement.

Genetics Data With financial support from the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Director's Opportunity for Research awards using American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds (RC2 AG036495-01, RC4 AG039029-01), the HRS has genotyped almost 20,000 respondents who provided DNA samples and signed consent forms in 2006-2012. Genetic data products derived from these samples are available including the cross-reference file linking dbGaP data to HRS public data, and exome/telomere candididate gene files. The full GWAS containing limited phenotype data is available through dbGap.

Restricted Data HRS Restricted data files contain sensitive respondent information. They are only available under terms of a formal agreement between the researcher and HRS. Go to the Restricted Data Overview page for an explanation of the application process. You may also wish to review the list of restricted data products and the application materials.

HRS Journal Replication Policy Many scholarly journals require that researchers must include the components of their analysis process (input/output data and supporting documentation) as part of their publication submission. The reason for this requirement is to allow other researchers to replicate the findings that are reported in the publication. HRS supports this principle but does not allow third-party distribution of its data by anyone, including journals. This document provides guidance to researchers who are using or who plan to use HRS data products as inputs to analysis conducted as part of the publishing process.

Family Data HRS collects extensive information on family relationships.The RAND HRS Family data file is a user-friendly version of HRS family data containing a cleaned, processed, and streamlined collection of variables related to the respondent's family. This page also contains reference materials to help with analysis of family data including links to questionnaire areas, codebook content, and relevant documentation.

Redistribution Third Party Redistribution Policy: Information for organizations interested in redistributing or archiving HRS data products.