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Friday, March 21, 2014

Data Products of the Center for the Study of Aging

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal household survey data set for the study of retirement and health among the elderly in the United States.

 With the goal of making the data more accessible to researchers, the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, with funding and support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), created the five data products:
  • RAND HRS Data File (v.M) is a user-friendly file derived from all waves HRS. It contains cleaned and processed variables with consistent and intuitive naming conventions, model-based imputations, and spousal counterparts of most individual-level variables.
  • RAND Enhanced Fat Files which contain most of the original HRS variables with household data merged to the respondent level. There is one file for each survey year. Currently, there are files for 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.
  • RAND Income and Wealth Imputation File (v.M) contains the component and ownership variables that were used in RAND HRS income and wealth summary measures. This single file includes the income and wealth imputations for all HRS waves and is distributed as a companion file to the RAND HRS file.
  • RAND Family Data Files are user-friendly files derived from HRS other person files. The files include the characteristics of all children of HRS respondents and spouses.
  • RAND CAMS Data File (v.B) is a user-friendly version of the spending section (Part B) of the CAMS survey

For more information, questions, or comments please see Help Using Data Products or FAQ, or email

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