2016 RAND HRS Fat File

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The RAND HRS Fat Files contain all the raw variables collected at the Respondent or household-level, except those from "Other Person" sections (i.e., data on children, siblings, household members, helpers, and transfers). The files are easily merged with one another and with the RAND HRS Longitudinal File, which can expedite the preparation of analytic files from HRS. They were developed by the RAND Center for the Study of Aging from HRS 2016 Core (Final, V2.0).

The RAND Center for the Study of Aging creates the RAND HRS data products under subcontract from HRS. The HRS and the RAND products are supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Questions regarding RAND HRS files should be directed to randhrshelp@rand.org.

Product Details

Latest Release
Feb 2021 (V.2B)
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20,912 (R) ; 14,531 (HH)
Entry Cohort Info

HRS: R born 1931-41
AHEAD: R born 1923 or earlier
CODA (Children of Depression): R born 1924-30
WB (War Baby): R born 1942-47
EBB (Early Boomers): R born 1948-53
MBB (Mid Boomers): R born 1954-59
LBB (Late Boomers): R born 1960-65

Field Dates

Apr 2016 - Apr 2018

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