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HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table1

  Cross-Wave Public  Biennial Public Restricted Other Public Health
  Tracker LOPN  P&LF 1992 through 2010 SSA CMS NDI  Other Geo Pens Contrib Off-Year Geo RAND Wealth Genetics Sensitive
Cross-Wave Public
Tracker File √  √     √     Yes  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Longitudinal OPN √  √     √     Yes  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Pension & Labor Force2 √  √     √     Yes Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Biennial Public          
1992 through 20103 √  √  √       Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Restricted          
SSA Administrative Data4 Yes  Yes  Yes    Yes    No Yes  Yes  No Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  No Yes 
CMS Medicare5 √  √  Χ   Χ   No Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ TBD Χ
National Death Index √  √  Χ   Χ   Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ
Other Restricted6 √  √  Χ   Χ   Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ
Geographic Information √  √  Χ   Χ   No Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ
Pension Estimation √  √  Χ   Χ   Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ
Other HRS Public          
Researcher contributions √  √  √     √     Yes Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Off-year, Internet, Mailout √  √  √     √     Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Geographic Region Info7 √  √  √     √     Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √ 
RAND Data8 √  √  √     √     Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Social Security Wealth √  √  √     √     Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Health        
Genetic Data9 √  √  √    √    No TBD Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √ 
Sensitive Health10 √  √  √     √     Yes  Χ Χ Χ Χ Χ √  √  √  √  √  √ 

Notes

1. Merge Restriction Codes:

  • √ – No merge restrictions.
  • Yes – May be merged under terms of SSA MOU.
  • Χ – May be merged under terms of HRS data confidentiality guidelines; other restrictions may apply. Contact HRS for details.
  • No – Data sets may NOT be merged at this time.
  • TBD – Link/merge status is under review.

2. Pension and Labor Force files:

3. Biennial Public Data Sets:

  • Core and Core Imputations
  • Exit and Exit Imputations
  • Post-Exit
  • RAND Core Income and Wealth Imputations
  • RAND FAT files

4. Data sets derived from SSA Administrative files:

  • HRS Cohort. Earnings, Benefits, SSI, Summary of Earnings and Projected Benefits, Wage and Self-Employment Income for respondents.
  • AHEAD Cohort. Earnings, Benefits, SSI for respondents and deceased spouses.
  • CODA, War Baby Cohorts. Earnings, Benefits, Payment History, Wage and Self-Employment Income for respondents and deceased spouses.
  • Early Boomer Cohort. Earnings, Benefits, Payment History, Wage and Self-Employment Income for respondents and deceased spouses.
  • Prospective Permissions obtained in 2006 and beyond. Earnings, Benefits, Payment History, Wage and Self-Employment Income for respondents and deceased spouses.
  • Cross-year Summary Earnings, Cross-Year Detail Earnings, and Cross-Year Benefits files derived from the foregoing

5. See HRS Medicare Claims and Summary Data for complete details on HRS-CMS Medicare Linkages. This linkage requires submission of the Restricted CMS Data Products Order Form.

6. This category includes all restricted data files not specifically mentioned in this table. See HRS Restricted Data: What's Available for a complete listing.

7. Geographic information in all public files is recoded to the Census Division level.

8. This category includes RAND-HRS Data and RAND-CAMS Data and RAND-Family Data.

9. Genetic data are available from dbGaP; HRS provides a cross-reference file that links dbGap records to HRS data sets. Researchers must establish their institutional affiliation credentials via a Data Use Agreement before receiving authorization to access this cross-reference file.

10. Researchers seeking access to Sensitive Health Data must establish their institutional affiliation credentials via a Data Use Agreement before receiving authorization to access such data.

Last change: March 14, 2012

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