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Module 1: Self-assessed health utilities
Module 1 asks for a self-rating of health between 0 (death) and 100 (perfect health for your age/a 20yr old). It then uses bracket-like techniques to assess willingness to trade years of life for perfect health, based on comparing two fictional persons with health similar to respondent .

Module 2: Willingness to pay for disease prevention
This module assesses willingness to pay (dollars) for prevention of cancer or Alzheimer's disease.

Module 3: Restless leg syndrome, night leg cramps, and neck and shoulder pain
Module 3 measures symptoms of restless leg syndrome (associated with sleep problems and health consequences of sleep problems) and of neck and shoulder pain.

Module 4: Risk aversion
This module repeats previous module questions about large risk aversion to be paired with questions about small risk aversion asked in the core.

Module 5: Internet use
This module asks about use of computers and of the Internet on the respondent's current or previous job, and/or at home. For those who use the Internet, there are additional questions about what non-job-related things they do on the Internet.

Module 6: Loneliness, stress and social support/social burden
This module assesses negative well-being in three of its dimensions. It has twice the sample size of others, hence it also takes the place of module 7. It is part of an analytic project under an NIA-funded program project at the University of Chicago, and was developed in consultation with HRS. The questions in this module ask about respondents' feelings of loneliness and about the support they receive from their spouse or partner, other household members, and friends.

Module 8: ELSA health questions
Questions from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing similar to those in Section C; designed to provide a cross-reference between health items asked in the ELSA and the HRS.

Module 9: Numeracy
This module tests additional numeracy items, and uses a 6-way design to test for context effects across four types of mathematical skills. Each math item is couched in three contexts: health, economic/market, and context-free, and respondents are assigned to pre-designated combinations so that they receive each math problem only once. It also overlaps with an ELSA proposal to develop numeracy measures for large surveys.

Module 10: Positive well-being
This module builds on the work of Powell Lawton and others to assess the extent of positive feelings about life and health.

Module 11: Later life education
This module asks about educational activities in later life.

Module 12: Subjective uncertainty about stock market returns.
This module assesses the respondent's full distribution of expectations of one-year stock market returns by asking for probabilities that the return would be above or below specified levels.

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