Data Products » Restricted Data Product List » Deceased Spouse Summary Earnings

The file set included in this distribution package contains information on Deceased Spouse Benefits derived from permissions obtained from the AHEAD cohort (1993 and 1995), the CODA and War Baby Cohorts (1998 and 2000) and all cohort members in 2004 and 2006.

Product Type: SSA Administrative Data
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The files in this data set should be used in conjunction with the Respondent Cross-Year Summary Earnings file.

Latest Release: January 2010 (V1.0)


Users should be aware that records for a given deceased spouse can appear in more than one file set. It is possible, for example, that information on the same deceased spouse was provided by SSA for the AHEAD permission set, the 2004 permission set, and the 2006 permission set. In situations such as this, the most recent benefits information should be considered to be the most accurate.

Geographic information in HRS public release data sets is recoded to Census Division categories. Files derived from SSA administrative data may merged with these data sets, but may not be merged with any data containing geographic identifiers at a level of detail below Census Division. In addition, data sets derived from SSA administrative data 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 Summary Earnings