Examining the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Workshop
June 16-20, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Instructors: Daniel H. Hill, University of Michigan; John Henretta, University of Florida
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.
In 1998 the HRS was combined with its sister study Asset and Health Dynamics of the Oldest Old (AHEAD) and two new cohorts were added (the Children of the Depression born 1923 - 1930, and the War Babies born 1942 - 1947). With these new cohorts the HRS is now representative of the U.S. population born before 1948 and their spouses, regardless of birth cohort.
Both spouses in married couples are interviewed, 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, andcharacteristics of key members, primarily parents and children.
Because of the complexity of family interactions the family data are among the most challenging for external users to analyze. Yet these data are also vital to the understanding of late life well being and behavior.
The workshop this year will consist of two days of general study design (presented by Hill) followed by two days concentrating on the family data (presented by Henretta). Participant research plans will be presented and discussed on the final day of the workshop with input from Robert Willis, the Principal Investigator. The format of the workshop includes hands-on instruction with the data as well as lectures.