HRS 1996 Imputation Release (Version 2.0)

September 6, 2002

The HRS 1996 Imputation Data Release (Version 2.0) is now available. Based on the 1996 HRS final core data (version 3.0), this release supersedes the previous release (Version 1.0, February 2001) of this data.

Compared to the previous version, this release includes for the first time the imputations for Sections DFC, DH, DMC, and DTC. It used a slightly modified imputation program that is more consistent with one used for the imputations in other HRS/AHEAD waves. More importantly, corrections were made to Section E (Medical Expenditure) data, which had been contaminated by some programming errors in Version 1.

Please note that although the most extreme outliers were excluded from the imputation process used to fill missing data, they remain in the reported data. Users may wish to review distributions and consider the use of robust statistical procedures to minimize the impact of any outliers on their analyses.

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