RAND HRS Data (Version E)

August 18, 2005

A new version of the RAND HRS Data File has been released, replacing all prior versions.

The RAND HRS Data file is a cleaned and easy-to-use version of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) with derived variables covering a broad range of measures and named consistently across waves. The file was developed by the RAND Center for the Study of Aging with funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Social Security Administration (SSA).

As of 2005, eight HRS waves are available for study. The RAND HRS Data file (Version E) is based on 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000 and the 2002 final releases of HRS data. The complete HRS includes four entry cohorts, as does the RAND file. The file incorporates only the core interviews. It does not include exit interview or any restricted data.

Besides incorporating the 2002 final releases, this version corrects known problems and adds some new variables for insurance, pensions, retirement, poverty and nursing home utilization.

Please see the rnd_Edd.pdf file for a brief data description. The data are described in detail in the RAND HRS Data Documentation, which is included in this distribution. It contains complete descriptions of the derived variables, including descriptions of how they are constructed, notes on cross-wave differences, and all raw HRS variables used.

The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics at SSA provided important research direction in the design of this data file.

See the RAND Contributions page for further information.

Questions or problems concerning the RAND HRS Data should be addressed to RAND HRS Help (RANDHRShelp@rand.org).