The Health and Retirement Study: An Introduction

Welcome! A Welcome message from the Director to site visitors.

HRS Co-Investigators: A list of the co-investigators who advise and assist the study.

HRS Databook: Growing Older in America: The Health and Retirement Study

The Health and Retirement Study: An Introduction (video).

Data Collection Path: A visual display of HRS data collection efforts, past, present and future. Follow links for details.

Survey Design
 • Sample sizes and response rates
 • Institutional Review Board Information (Updated Feb 2014)
 • Memorandum on HRS Public Use Data Products
 • Survey Design
 • Design History
 • Weight information

How to Use this Site: A guide for first-time visitors to this site.

News and Events: Product announcements, upcoming events, new publications and much more.

Site Map: Quick links to most of the pages on this site.

Documentation: Links to questionnaires, product metadata (codebooks and data descriptions), the Question Concordance, User Guides to Study Content, resources for analysis of family data, and other items of interest.

Data: An overview of HRS data products currently available for public and/or restricted use. Follow links for specific information on each product. HRS public data products are available without cost, however User Registration is required. HRS products that contain sensitive information about respondents require special application procedures. Visit the Restricted Data, Sensitive Health Data and Genome Wide Association Study pages for complete details on how to apply and obtain such data.

Publications: This section includes links to bibliographic information for publications based on analysis of Health and Retirement Study data products. Links to documents containing information on the concepts, measures, and questions in the HRS surveys are also included here. To search for a specific author or publication visit the Online Bibliography.

Help Desk: Submit questions about HRS data products.

HRS Participants Site: This site provides information of interest to our participants. It includes all HRS Respondent Newsletters and provides links to other age-related web sites. A Spanish Language version is also available.