Version C of RAND HRS Data File Released

July 16, 2003

The RAND HRS Data file is a cleaned and easy-to-use version of data from seven waves of the Health and Retirement Study data, including four entry cohorts: the original 1992 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) cohort; the 1993 Study of Assets and Health Dynamics (AHEAD) cohort; and the Children of Depression and War Baby cohorts entering in 1998. Derived variables covering a broad though not complete range of measures have been constructed and named consistently across waves.

The new version incorporates data from 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1998 Final Release versions of HRS data and from 2000 Early Release versions. Work to incorporate the Final 2000 data is in progress. This version adds the AHEAD cohort to the HRS, Children of Depression, and War Baby entry cohorts.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Social Security Administration (SSA) provided funding for the development of this file. SSA's Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics provided important research direction in the design of this data file.

Questions or problems concerning the RAND HRS Data should be addressed to Patricia St.Clair ( at RAND.