Health and Retirement Study

Alternate Titles(s): HRS, University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study
UID: 10021
The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample of more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. The HRS explores the changes in labor force participation and the health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow, collecting information about income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, and health care expenditures.
1992 - Present
Geographic Coverage
United States
Local Expert
Subject of Study
Subject Domain
Population Age
Adult (19 years - 64 years)
Senior (65 years - 79 years)
Aged (80 years and over)


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Researchers must create a free account with HRS to download publicly-available datasets. Data is provided in ASCII format, with read-in files available for SAS, SPSS, and Stata.

Restricted HRS datasets with sensitive data are available to qualified researchers. To apply for access to datasets with sensitive health information, create a HRS account and submit a Sensitive Health Data Order Form and Sensitive Data Access Use Agreement.

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