65th Annual Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, June 4 - July 27, 2012

April 24, 2012

The Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques is a teaching program of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. Classes are held on the central campus of the University of Michigan at 426 Thompson Street in Ann Arbor.

Week 2 (June 11-15): Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Workshop (not for credit)

Instructors: Mary Beth Ofstedal, University of Michigan; Jinkook Lee, University of Michigan

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 is intended to give participants an introduction to the HRS that will enable them to use the data for research. The 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.
  • Overview of HRS sister studies.

In 2012, the workshop will focus on three international HRS studies:

HRS data and documentation are available to the public at http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu