Cross-Wave Employment and Pension Data Labor Section Carry Forward Files have been updated with 2004 data

September 21, 2006

Files for 2004 data have been added to the Labor Section Carry Forward data set and are now available for download:

  • Labor Section Carry Forward Variables: When an HRS respondent reported no change in employment status since the previous interview, certain questions relating to current employment were not asked. The files in this data release carry forward the information from prior waves whenever selected employment variables have been "skipped" in the current wave.

    Note: This dataset replaces the Researcher Contribution of the same name released in February 2003.

These data sets may be downloaded from the HRS Public File Download Area. Registration (free) is required for access. If you find problems with any of these files, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.