HRS Workshop at ISR Summer Institute, 1996


A one-week workshop on the Health and Retirement Study will be offered at the 1996 Summer Institute at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Inquiries about the Summer Institute should be addressed to Dr. James M. Lepkowski, Director, Summer Institute, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-1248. The Summer Institute offices are located in room 315 ISR (Basement level of the Jefferson Street wing).

Telephone: (313) 764-6595
Fax: (313) 764-8263

Workshop Description: Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
July 8-12, 1996, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructors: Dan Hill and the HRS staff, University of Michigan

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a large-scale longitudinal study of the labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The study focuses on the interrelationships between retirement, health, wealth, and family resources and obligations from late middle-age onward. Currently two waves of HRS data have been collected, the first wave in 1992 and the second in 1994. Plans call for reinterviews in the future with the same set of people every two years. The sample consists of about 12,500 individuals, aged 51-61 (or married to someone in that age range) in 1992 who were living in approximately 7,000 households spread across the country. Both spouses in married couples were interviewed in the first wave and are being followed, and comparable information is collected about their labor force behavior and circumstances, job characteristics, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, health care expenditures, expectations, and attitudes. Information has also been collected about their income, financial assets, extended family structure, and characteristics of key members, primarily parents and children. Supplemental information is also available from Social Security and employers' pension and health insurance plans. The one-week Summer Institute workshop on HRS will cover the overall design of the study, its broad range of content, the basic structure of the data, and the use of the HRS EXTRACT data management software. The format of the workshop will include hands-on instruction with the data as well as lectures.

Fee: $300.