Interested in learning to work with data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)?

Join us at the HRS Summer Workshop in Ann Arbor, Mchigan!
June 14-18, 2010

The HRS Summer Workshop is intended to give participants an introduction to the study that will enable them to use the data for research. The 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 survey collects information about income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, and health care expenditures. The HRS Summer Workshop features...

  • Morning lectures on basic survey content, sample design, weighting, and restricted data files
  • Hands-on data workshops every afternoon in which participants learn to work with the data under the guidance of HRS staff.

In 2010, the workshop will include a topical focus on the Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS). The CAMS is a supplemental survey that is conducted on a subsample of HRS respondents. Begun in 2001, and repeated on the same households biennially, CAMS is the first large-scale national longitudinal study of consumption. It collects data on household expenditures in over twenty categories of spending that cover nearly all of consumption, and on the use of time across more than thirty activities. The sample is a random sample of about thirty-five percent of HRS households. Next release of data is expected in April 2010.

CAMS data and documentation is available to the public through the Data Download System (

March 31, 2010