2017 Spring Life History Mail Survey

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The Life History Mail Survey 2017 Spring (LHMS 2017 Spring) contains questions about residential, education, employment and health history, and other important childhood and family events. The LHMS is part of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), which is funded under a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan.

The field period for the 2017 Spring LHMS was June 2017 through December 2017. The data file for the 2017 Spring LHMS contains 548 variables, and data for 3,848 respondents. The simple response rate for the 2017 Spring LHMS is 74 percent.

Version 3.0 of the 2017 Life History Mail Survey final release data is now available. This version includes additions and corrections to the LH41 variable series, adds new variables (LH41_xFPM_17) for second occupations that were the result of a promotion, and adds four new cases to the data. Please see the data description for details about the specific variables affected by this update.

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