Data Products

What's Available (Public) A comprehensive listing of HRS Public and Sensitive Health data products.
  • Biennial Datasets
  • Longitudinal Datasets
  • Off-Year Studies
  • Sensitive Health data
Access to Public Data
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Register and download data products from these categories.
  • HRS Public Data
  • Sensitive Health Data (with approved application)
  • HRS Restricted Data (documentation only)
  • Researcher Contributions
  •  RAND  Contributions
Sensitive Health Data The Health and Retirement Study strives to provide high quality data without compromising respondent confidentiality. Since respondent health data records contain particularly sensitive information, such data products are released to researchers who qualify for access only through a supplemental registration system.
Restricted Data HRS Restricted data files contain sensitive respondent information. They are only available under terms of a formal agreement negotiated between the researcher and HRS. Go to the Restricted Data Overview page for an explanation of the application process. You may also wish to review the list of restricted data products and the application materials.
Genetic Data With financial support from the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Director's Opportunity for Research awards using American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds (RC2 AG036495-01, RC4 AG039029-01), the HRS has genotyped almost 20,000 respondents who provided DNA samples and signed consent forms in 2006-2012. Several genetic data products derived from these samples are available. Some data are distributed through the NIH GWAS repository (dbGaP) and others are HRS data products. Detailed information can be found on each product's page.
Family Data HRS collects extensive information on family relationships.The RAND HRS Family data file is a user-friendly version of HRS family data containing a cleaned, processed, and streamlined collection of variables related to the respondent's family. This page also contains reference materials to help with analysis of family data including links to questionnaire areas, codebook content, and relevant documentation.
Redistribution Third Party Redistribution Policy: Information for organizations interested in redistributing or archiving HRS data products.

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