Comparison of Variables in Versions 1, 2, 3, and 4

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Comparison of Variables in Versions 1, 2, 3, and 4

HRS 1996 Core (Final V4.0)


Version 4 of the 1996 HRS Core Final Data Release incorporates a number of minor changes.

  • Some variables previously included in the respondent-level coversheet file are now provided in a household-level coversheet file instead.
  • A number of other variables were added. Included in version 4 are four variables from Section A that were not included in previous versions:
            E709      A26a.HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED AT RES
            E710      A26b. LIVE GEN AREA BEFORE
            E711      A26c.YEARS LIVED MAIN HU AREA
            E712      A26c.SINCE YEAR LIVE MAIN HU
  • Also added in version 4 are a number of variables that, while not of particular substantive interest, are references in assignment statements or in INAP text.

Retrospectively, major differences in Versions 1, 2, and 3 are summarized below.

  • Version 1 of the HRS 1996 Final Core Data Release included only sections CS, A, B, F, J, N and R.
  • Version 2 included all sections, but did not include variables identified as "family" variables most of which are located in sections D and J.
  • Version 3 included all sections and all variables.

In brief, the major differences in variables included in versions 1, 2, and 3 were:

  • Many household family variables added to section D in version 3.
  • Household financial variables added to section J in version 3.
  • Bracket components included in version 3.
  • Bracket summary variables not included in version 3.
  • "Standard" IDs included in version 2 and version 3.
  • Continue variables only included in version 2.
  • Timestamp variables only included in version 1.

See Detailed Listing of Variables in Versions 1, 2, 3, and 4 for a complete listing variables not included in all four versions.