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 RAND CAMS Data File (v.D2)

The RAND CAMS spending data file is a user-friendly version of Part B of the CAMS survey. It contains annualized, cleaned, and aggregated spending and consumption variables with consistent and intuitive naming conventions across waves. Specifically, total household spending and household consumption are calculated across all categories and for subsets of spending: nondurables, durables, housing and transportation. These data can be easily merged to the RAND HRS and other HRS files as described in the data codebook.

As of 2015, seven waves of CAMS data had been released by HRS. The RAND CAMS data are based on 2001 (V3), 2003 (V2), 2005 (V1), 2007 (V1), 2009 (V1), 2011 (V2), and 2013 (V1) final data releases.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) provided funding and support for the development of this file.

Questions or problems concerning the RAND CAMS Data should be addressed to

RESTRICTED DATA USERS, PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set. Restricted data users are reminded that HRS must be informed of any data files used in conjunction with restricted data.

N: - Field Dates: 2001 – 2013 Response Rate: - Latest Release: Apr 2015 (D2)
Entry Cohort Info:
HRS: R born 1931-1941;
AHEAD: R born 1923 or earlier;
CODA (Children of Depression): R born 1924-1930;
WB (War Baby): R born 1942-1947;
EBB (Early Boomers): R born 1948-1953;
MBB (Mid Boomers): R born 1954-1959
Basic Information:
No Questionnaire Available Data Description (PDF format) Codebook (PDF format) No modules are associated with this product


None reported for this product.

Important Links:
RAND Labor and PopulationRAND Resources on AgingRestricted Dataset Merge Cross-ReferenceRAND HRS Version N Data Description (PDF format)HRS Public File Download Area