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This page provides a guide to the most useful links within this site to help new users become familiar with the study.
- New Web site visitors should begin by reading How to Use this Site and The Health and Retirement Study: An Introduction.
- For background on the history of the HRS, including details on the early HRS and AHEAD surveys and the transition to the steady state sample, read the Design History [PDF]. You may also wish to read the HRS Data Book Growing Older in America: The Health and Retirement Study. Note: An overview is provided in our general brochure.
- User Guides are available to familiarize potential
HRS users with important background information on different aspects of the data. First-time users of HRS public data should read:
- Sonnega, A. The Health and Retirement Study: An Introduction (2015)
- Servais, Marita A. Overview of HRS Public Data Files for Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Analysis (2010)
- Servais, Marita A. An Elementary Cookbook of Data Management using HRS Data with SPSS, SAS and Stata Examples (2004)
Some tips on using HRS data products:
- In order to download HRS data, you will first need to register.
- Researchers at RAND have prepared cleaned, easy-to-use, and streamlined versions of final release data sets for eleven HRS interview waves (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008). Visit RAND contributions to HRS for more information.
- The Data Collection Path provides a visual overview of HRS data collection efforts, past, present and future.
- HRS respondent information can be linked to restricted data sets derived from administrative data sources as well as genetic data.