Respondent Detail Earnings File Updated for 2008 (Restricted)

October 29, 2010

Version 3.0 of the Respondent Cross-Year Detail Earnings data set is now available. This restricted data product contains one record per year for each of 16,097 consenting respondents in the HRS, CODA/War Baby, 2004, 2006, and/or 2008 permission sets who received wages during years 1980-2008, and whose records were available in the Master Earnings File (MEF). There are 259,806 respondent-earning year records in the file.


  • Geographic information in HRS public release data sets is recoded to Census Division categories. Files derived from SSA administrative data may be merged with these data sets, but may not be merged with any data containing geographic identifiers at a level of detail below Census Division. In addition, data sets derived from SSA administrative data may not be merged with any other restricted data set(s) without the explicit written permission of the Health and Retirement Study.
  • Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for full information on the restricted data merge status of these data sets.