Data Products » Restricted Data Product List » Deceased Spouse Cross-Year Benefits

Version 4.1 of the Deceased Spouse Cross-Year Benefits dataset is derived from Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) data for primary beneficiary and other (secondary) insured. Information is available for 1,463 deceased spouses, covering the period January 1962 through December 2012.

N: 1463
Product Type: SSA Administrative Data
Entry Cohort Info:
Version Notes:
  • This data set supersedes all previous Deceased Spouse Benefits releases.
  • The files in this data set should be used in conjunction with the Respondent Cross-Year Benefits file.
Latest Release: March 2016 (V4.2)


For each public release data set all geographic variables have been aggregated to the Census Division level. Files derived from SSA administrative data may not be merged with any data containing geographic identifiers at a level of aggregation finer than Census Division. In addition they may not be merged with any other Restricted Data Set(s) without the explicit written permission of the Health and Retirement Study.

Important Links:
Restricted Dataset Merge Cross-ReferenceRespondent Cross-Year BenefitsCodebookData Description