HRS Tracker 2008 (Final, Version 1.0)

October 21, 2010

The HRS Tracker 2008 (Final, Version 1.0) is now available.

The HRS 2008 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, and information about if, how, and when an interview was conducted. The HRS 2008 Tracker file also contains wave-specific sample weights for HRS households, respondents, and nursing home residents. A detailed description of the data is provided in the accompanying documentation file. There have been no changes to the HRS Cross-Wave Master ID file of December 2009.

Whatís new:

  • Updated Sample Weights based on 2008 Final Release data have been added.
  • Weights for 2008 Physical and Leave-Behind measures are included.
  • There is updated information on nursing home status.
  • An indicator for the 2009 Internet data has been included.

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