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Health and Retirement Study (HRS)


The Population Research Institute (PRI) is currently evaluating the SODAPOP service. The ability to extract a data set containing a subset of variables will not be supported after September 15, 2016.

The data collections in SODAPOP will still be available from the PRI. If you should have concerns about this change to the SODAPOP service or need to access some of the data, contact the PRI's Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) core at

STIPULATIONS FOR USE: Open Access to SodaPop - However, You MUST register to use any AHEAD or HRS data. This is a policy that was established in 2001. You only need to register once, to work with HRS or AHEAD data or both.

LATEST RELEASE:  SodaPop holdings updated as of 8/2/2013.

You must register with HRS before using any HRS data. See also: Third Party Distribution of HRS Public Release Files.

DESCRIPTION: The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a national longitudinal study that focuses on persons born between the years 1931 and 1941 and their health, retirement, and economic status. It is "a cooperative agreement between the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Aging." 

HRS 1992 Wave HRS 1994 Wave HRS 1996 Wave HRS 1998 Wave
HRS 2000 Wave HRS 2002 Wave HRS 2004 Wave HRS 2006 Wave
HRS 2008 Wave RAND Files

ORIGINATING AGENCY / PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): Robert J. Willis (Principal Investigator)

DATA DISSEMINATED BY: HRS at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

RESTRICTED DATA: Restricted data files may be requested from HRS. PRI affiliates interested in HRS restricted data should contact Lisa Broniszewski for assistance.

HRS Project Web Site    
HRS Data Alerts       

R Users -- Code for downloading and working with the HRS in R is available on the Analyze Survey Data for Free website