Data Products » Restricted Data Product List
Although most HRS datasets are unrestricted and are available to any registered user, other HRS datasets are restricted, and are available only under specific contractual conditions. Restricted datasets that are currently available to qualified researchers are listed on this page. Documentation for these files is available by following the links listed below. Go to the RDA Overview page for information on how to obtain access to HRS restricted data.
There are two methods for accessing HRS restricted data, depending on the data type. Most files are available through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and a streamlined application process. Access to SSA administrative data and CMS research data is more involved. If your research involves CMS or SSA data (alone or with other data products) the licensing process must be followed
There are a number of restrictions on merging restricted data files with each other. For example, restricted data derived from SSA administrative records may not be merged with geographic information. For details on merge restrictions, please review the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table.
For your convenience, an Order Form for Restricted Data Products is available (pdf format).