Using the HRS

Insights and advice for new and seasoned users of the Health and Retirement Study


The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is an ongoing longitudinal study of aging, health, and retirement that was launched in 1992. The study is conducted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. HRS data are collected and made available to registered users through a cooperative agreement with the NIA (U01 AG009740) funding source, with additional support provided by the Social Security Administration.

Jennifer Ailshire is Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Sociology, and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. She examines, analyzes, or writes about HRS data on a nearly daily basis.

Disclaimer: The information and opinions provided on this blog are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of any institutions for which the author works, the Health and Retirement Study, nor the National Institutes of Health. The author is funded by the NIH to conduct scientific research on aging and population health using the HRS, among other data resources. The author is a user of the HRS data, but is not otherwise affiliated with the HRS as staff, etc. Readers are encouraged to read this blog with this disclaimer in mind.


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