RAND HRS Data File, Supported by NIA and SSA (Version J)

July 01, 2010

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

The original version J (released March 2010) was updated in June 2010 to correct problems brought to our attention by users. Please see What's New in Version J for a description of the changes. You may also download and merge a smaller file with the corrections from the RAND web site.

The RAND HRS Data file is a cleaned and easy-to-use version of data from eleven waves of the Health and Retirement Study data, including five entry cohorts: the original 1992 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) cohort; the 1993 Study of Assets and Health Dynamics (AHEAD) cohort; the Children of Depression and War Baby cohorts entering in 1998; and the Early Baby Boomer cohort entering in 2004. Derived variables covering a broad though not complete range of measures have been constructed and named consistently across waves. It incorporates data from 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 final, and 2008 early releases of HRS data.

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). SSA's Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics provided important research direction in the design of this data file.

Please visit the RAND Aging Center Data Products for more information about what these files are, and how they can be obtained.

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