RAND HRS Family Data Files Release for the 1998, 2000, and 2002 Core Waves (Early, v.A)

June 7, 2011

The RAND HRS Family Data Files Release for the 1998, 2000, and 2002 Core Waves (Early, v.A) is now available.

The RAND HRS Family data file is a user-friendly version of HRS family data. The data contain a cleaned, processed, and streamlined collection of variables related to the respondentís family. The files include a subset of available characteristics of all children of HRS respondents and spouses, data on children-in-law, and data on grandchildren of the respondent.

The files are longitudinal files that link HRS child families within wave and link HRS children across waves. They contain consistent variable names across waves and will easily merge with other HRS data, like the RAND HRS and RAND Enhanced Fat files. The files are distributed as two alternative longitudinal files: one with respondent-child observations with variables specific to parent-child pairs, and one with respondent observations with summary variables about the respondentís children.

The RAND HRS Family Data (Early Release, Version A) file contains data for the years 1998, 2000, and 2002. The files incorporate only the core interviews. They do not include exit interviews or any restricted data.

They were developed by the RAND Center for the Study of Aging.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with these data products, please contact RANDHRSHelp@rand.org.