Preliminary Vital Status Update File Available


The vital status of study participants who did not give interviews in a particular wave is not available from standard data releases based only on interviews. It is maintained as part of the tracker file. A new tracker file will be available in early June, pending resolution of issues concerning a new system of weights, among other things. Vital status information has now been updated through 1998, and we are making this information available now in the form of a preliminary release.

The data and brief documentation files are contained in a file called For information on obtaining access to these preliminary files, send e-mail to our help desk HRS Questions at

Important Reminder: These data are not to be merged with HRS Social Security restricted data.

The data were prepared by Dave Howell in April, 2000.