RAND HRS Longitudinal File 2020

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The RAND HRS Longitudinal File is a cleaned, easy-to-use, and streamlined data product containing public information (i.e., no restricted data) from the HRS Core and Exit interview, with derived variables covering a large range of topics. It contains variables on demographics, health, health insurance, Social Security, pensions, family structure, retirement plans, expectations, and employment history, as well as imputations for income, assets, and medical expenditures developed at RAND. All variables are named and derived consistently across survey years, and any cross-wave differences are documented.

Every individual who has ever completed an HRS Core Interview has a record in this file. As such, the RAND HRS Longitudinal File meets the essential needs of many research projects; however, we note that although the file contains a rich subset of information from the Core and Exit Interviews, it is not exhaustive. In cases where researchers cannot find all variables they need, the file can easily be merged with other RAND HRS data products, as well as those released separately by our HRS colleagues at the University of Michigan.

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).

For more information, please visit the RAND Center for the Study of Aging website.

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

Product Details

Latest Release
Mar 2023 (V1)
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

Longitudinal Reference

1992-2020 (Early Release)

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