HRS Tracker 2006 (Final, Version 3.0)

August 12, 2009

The HRS Tracker 2006 (Final, Version 3.0) is now available.

The HRS 2006 Tracker file contains one observation for each individual who has ever been eligible to be interviewed by HRS in any wave. For each person, it contains several fixed demographic characteristics and a large number of wave-specific variables indicating interview status, information about if, how, and when an interview was conducted, as well as information on nursing home status, and pension estimation information. The HRS 2006 Tracker file also contains wave-specific sample weights for HRS households, respondents, and nursing home residents. Beginning in 2004, weights for Physical and Leave-Behind measures are included. A detailed description of the data is provided in the accompanying documentation file.

What’s new:

  1. Sample Line Dropped. It was discovered that someone we had thought was a partner was in fact a tenant renting a room from the respondent. Therefore, the line for HH 211430 PN 011 has been deleted.

  2. The following variables were added.
    CAMS07         2007 CAMS SAMPLE STATUS
    INTRNT06       2006 INTERNET SURVEY SAMPLE STATUS
    INTRNT07       2007 INTERNET SURVEY SAMPLE STATUS
    DVSA07         2007 DVS-A SAMPLE STATUS
    DVSB07         2007 DVS-B SAMPLE STATUS
    DEATHMO        MONTH OF DEATH
    DEATHYR        YEAR OF DEATH
    DODSOURCE      SOURCE OF EXIT DATE OF DEATH
    KNDIFLAG       NDI 2006 ALIVE OR DECEASE FLAG
    KPMWGTR        RESPONDENT WEIGHT FOR THE 2006 PHYSICAL MEASURES SUBSAMPLE>
    KBIOWGTR       RESPONDENT WEIGHT FOR THE 2006 BIOMARKER SUBSAMPLE
    KLBWGTR        RESPONDENT WEIGHT FOR THE 2006 LEAVE BEHIND QNAIRE


  3. Further refinements of xAge, Birthmo, and Birthyr. Information has been incorporated from some other sources.

  4. Changes in xALIVE. After a review of these variables, the "vital status unknown" category has been eliminated.

  5. Changes to RACE and HISPANIC. After a review of these variables, 354 lines (for RACE) and 119 lines (for HISPANIC) were updated.

  6. Changes to xINSAMP. An extensive review of consistency was completed for all versions of xINSAMP, which resulted in small changes to the following variables: CINSAMP, EINSAMP, FINSAMP, GINSAMP, HINSAMP, JINSAMP, and KINSAMP.

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.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to hrsquestions@umich.edu.

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