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Module All: Consumption and anchoring
This module contains questions on food consumption, as well as questions designed to assess the degree to which the responses to unfolding brackets are affected by the level of the entry point (i.e. the "anchoring effect". To yield adequate sample sizes these questions were asked of all respondents.

Module 1: Health during childhood
This module contains question on the individual's health when they were growing up (from birth to age 16), on parental family composition and on their parental family's economic status. These data have been analyzed by Irma Elo, 1997, who found significant associations between socioeconomic status and health in childhood and adult health status. Parental family composition, on the other hand, was not found to be associated with adult health status.

Module 2: Health pedigree
This module contains questions on the individual's health pedigree--whether the individual's parents are still living, the cause of death if deceased, health status if living, and cause and age of death of any deceased siblings.

Module 3: Personality inventory
This is a brief personality inventory based on the respondent's rating of how closely each of 12 descriptive words fits the respondent.

Module 4: Medicare attitudes and preferences
This module attempts to measure respondents' attitudes and preferences toward Medicare. It includes questions on whether the respondent would prefer various cash equivalent dollar payments to Medicare insurance. It is thus a form of contingent valuation.

Module 5: Volunteerism and time use
This module includes questions on volunteerism and on time use. The respondent is asked how many hours he spent last year on ten types of volunteer activities ranging from help religious organizations to helping neighbors. Similarly the hours spent in eleven time-use activities ranging from television watching to reading are obtained.

Module 6: Preference parameters for consumption saving and labor supply
This module attempts to understand the respondents' preferences toward consumption, saving and labor supply by asking about their behavior if they won a hypothetical sweepstakes which would pay them an amount equal to their current family income for life.

Module 7: Advance directives
This module contains questions on advanced directives and respondents preferences toward a hypothetical cancer treatment under a variety of costs and treatment success rate assumptions.

Module 8: Attitudes toward inter-familial transfers
This module contains questions on the respondents' willingness to give financial help to parents and/or siblings under a variety of hypothetical situations. These data, in conjunction with those from HRS 2 Module 7, are designed to help understand altruism .

Module 9: Retirement planning
This module asks about retirement planning and saving for retirement and contains a question intended to measure the extent to which the respondent understands compound interest. It asks about the extent to which the respondent relies or plans to rely on Social Security, employer provided pension plans, IRAs 401k or Keogh plans and private savings. For retirees it contains questions on the adequacy of savings.

Module 10: Saving for retirement
Contains questions on the current level of savings for retirement and on the reliance or expect reliance on public, private and personal sources of income in retirement.

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