Health and Retirement Study (HRS)

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal national panel study of those near or in their retirement years. The baseline consists of interviews in 7,600 households in 1992 (respondents aged from 51 to 61, along with their spouses), with follow-ups every two years for 12 years. The data contains a wealth of economic, demographic and health information, (including genetic information), related to retirement issues. The entire dataset, including errata, is available at this site.

Besides data, this site also offers the latest information related to this project, material from papers using this dataset, links to related sites, and some useful software.

Robert J. Willis, of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, is the Principal Investigator for this project and "Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD)."