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Thank you for your interest in Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Public Release data files. Once you have registered as a user of this site, Public Release files may be downloaded to your computer from our private server at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center.

The data and documentation files at this site are provided for your convenience by the staff of the Health and Retirement Study. While HRS staff make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the data and documentation at this site, users are reminded that errors may be present, even in files that have been thoroughly cleaned. The Health and Retirement Study will make reasonable efforts via electronic mail and/or announcements on our public Web site to notify registered users of data file changes.

By registering for access to HRS Public Release data, the User agrees to all of the following:

  • Make no attempts to identify study participants.

  • Not to transfer HRS Public Release data to any third party other than staff or students for whom you are directly responsible except as indicated below.

  • Not to allow others to use your username and password to access this site.

  • To certify the destruction of any downloaded Public Release data file as well as any data files derived from the downloaded file when requested to do so by the Health and Retirement Study.

  • To include the following citation in any research reports, papers, or publications based on Public Release data:
    In text:
    "The HRS (Health and Retirement Study) is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (grant number NIA U01AG009740) and is conducted by the University of Michigan."

    In references:
    "Health and Retirement Study, ([insert Product Name]) public use dataset. Produced and distributed by the University of Michigan with funding from the National Institute on Aging (grant number NIA U01AG009740). Ann Arbor, MI, (year)."

  • To include the following citation in any research reports, papers, or publications based on any Public Release data file tagged as "Early" or "Preliminary":
    "This analysis uses Early Release data from the Health and Retirement Study, ([insert Product Name]), sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (grant number NIA U01AG009740) and conducted by the University of Michigan. These data have not been cleaned and may contain errors that will be corrected in the Final Public Release version of the dataset."
  • Please note that although it is necessary to include the above citations to the HRS in any publications, it is not necessary to associate your publications with the HRS grant in PubMed.

  • Provide information regarding any research product (dissertation, thesis, journal article, book, book chapter, report, etc.) based on data obtained from the Health and Retirement Study by sending an electronic copy to hrsquestions@umich.edu.

  • Report immediately to the Health and Retirement Study at hrsquestions@umich.edu any disclosure of study participant identity as well as any discovery of flaws or errors in the data or documentation files.

  • Notify the Health and Retirement Study through use of the update function provided at this site or by electronic mail directed to hrsquestions@umich.edu of changes in your electronic mail address, postal address, telephone number, organizational affiliation or organizational status.


Additional Information

  • Redistribution to Third Parties. A number of requests have been received concerning redistribution of HRS Public Release files to third parties. Data libraries and archiving institutions are permitted to redistribute HRS public release files under the following restrictions:
    • Third parties to whom the data files are distributed must be affiliated with the distributor's institution or organization.
    • An authorized representative of the data library or archive must fill out and return the User Registration form. It may be completed and returned by one of three methods:
      • Via the web at the address given.
      • Via electronic mail to hrsquestions@umich.edu.
      • Via postal service to HRS Public Data Release Registrations, Room 3050 ISR, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI, 48106-1248.
    • All third party recipients of HRS Public Release files must personally fill out and return the User Registration form by one of the three methods listed above.
    • Procedures must be in place to ensure that these restrictions are fulfilled.

  • Co-investigators and persons not under the direct supervision of another researcher are required to submit separate applications in order to obtain access to HRS public files and datasets.

  • Once you have completed the registration process, your username and password will be sent to you, via electronic mail, for your use only.