Introduction » Survey Design » Sampling Weights
With the introduction of the new cohorts in HRS 1998 the nature of the HRS
sample changed dramatically, making it necessary to develop a revised set of
sampling weights. Specifically the population of inference changed from American
adults in the 1931 – 1941 or 1892 – 1923 birth cohorts to adults born prior to 1948.
Furthermore we decided to revise weights for all past panel waves so as to use a
consistent methodology. The new methodology involves post-stratifying each wave’s
weights to the March CPS on the basis of the birth cohorts of the respondent and spouse
and on the basis of respondent gender and race/ethnicity. These factors capture all the
major characteristics of the sample design and provide consistent adjustments for sample
attrition and mortality.
- Sample Weights and Sample Selection Indicator for the Physical Measures in HRS 2004 (PDF)
- Sample Weights, Sample Selection Indicators and Response Rates for the Psychosocial and Disability Leave-Behind Questionnaires in HRS 2004 (PDF)
- Tracker File Data Description (see Section 5D. HRS Sample Weights) (PDF)
- Aging, Demographics And Memory Study (ADAMS): Sample Design, Weighting and Analysis for ADAMS (PDF)