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Module A: Physiological Measurements of Health and Functioning Status
Vital capacity as measured by Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) and grip strength were measured to provide a means of validating self reports. The PEFR data have been analyzed by Swallen, 1997, and were found the be strongly associated with self-reported lung disease, overall self-rated health, smoking status, education and income. Using longitudinal data from Wave 1 and 2 Swallen also found the PEFR data to precedes the onset of disabilities. (Reference: Swallen, Karen C. 1997. "Peak Expiratory Flow Rate in the Young Elderly: Health and Wealth." Presented at the annual meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, November 1997. )

Module B-C: ADL Measures Used on the National Long- Term Care Study and on the National Health Interview Survey
These data were collected to provide researchers with a cross-walk' which would allow the HRS ADL measures to be recalibrated to better correspond to the ADL measures in these alternative studies.

Module D: Meta-memory
A battery of questions used to assess Meta-Memory, along with the Census Bureau screen question used for the presence of ADL limitations.

Module E: Process benefits
This module consists of a set of 10-point scales on intrinsic satisfaction from work, housework, and various types of leisure. These data have been analyzed by Hill, 1998, and were found to be significant predictors of retirement between HRS Waves 1 and 2. The satisfaction ratings for the seven activities investigated load on to two distinct factors--sociability and domesticity. They are also significantly and systematically related to background factors (gender, education, etc.) in reasonable directions. The Job Enjoyment measure was a strong predictor of retirement between 1992 and 1996--an effect due almost entirely to the earlier retirement of those who very much dislike their jobs. (Reference: Hill, Dan. "Process Benefits Experimental Module (HRS 1 Mod E)." Internal Memo to HRS/AHEAD Researchers, Oct. 5 1998. )

Module F: Employment Alternatives
A series of questions on 10-point probability scales asking respondents about the likelihood that they can find jobs like their present job but with specified differences in characteristics different amounts of pay; greater amounts of flexibility in hours per week, weeks per year, hours per day; etc.. These data are the subject of an ongoing research project (an R03) directed by Michael Hurd at the RAND Corporation.

Module G: Parental Wealth
A set of questions asking respondents about the asset holdings of their parents, and then asking for permission to talk to the parents. Although some analysis has been done on this module by Rodgers and Herzog, the poor response to these questions has led us to abandon the idea of asking children about their parents wealth.

Module H: Occupational Injuries
A set of questions about various characteristics of work that relate to the likelihood of on-the-job injuries. These data have formed the basis of a series of analyses and journal articles (see Zwerling, et al., 1995a, 1995b, 1996a, 1996b, 1997 and 1998).

Module J: Health risks
A set of questions about the likelihood that respondents or spouses will need long-term care in a nursing home, longevity estimates relating to the spouse of the respondent, expectations about having medical care insurance at age 65 provided by an employer, and questions about the coverage of Medicare and the coverage that could be available from other types of insurance. There are also questions about Medicaid coverage and respondents' perceptions about their eligibility for Medicaid.

Module K: Substitution elasticity of consumption
This is a module that we are using for a small sample of cases at the very end of the study. It is a highly experimental measure of the intertemporal elasticity of substitution in consumption, a concept that plays a key role in economic models of life-cycle saving behavior.

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