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United States Health and Retirement Study 1996


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
05/1996 - 02/1997
Series or system 
United States Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal

The HRS is a longitudinal cohort study of the health, retirement and aging of more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50. Conducted every two years, the collected data assess mental and physical changes, family support, insurance coverage, financial well-being, employment, and retirement planning of the respondents. Questionnaire topics include physical and cognitive functioning, retirement plans, family structure and transfers, demographic characteristics, housing, employment status, income, disability, health insurance, pension plans, job history, and attitudes, preferences, and expectations for the future.

Primary investigator 
Juster F. Thomas, Willis Robert J.
Publication year 
Suggested citation 

Health and Retirement Study, (Biennial 1996) public use dataset. Produced and distributed by the University of Michigan with funding from the National Institute on Aging (grant number NIA U01AG009740). Ann Arbor, MI, (2011).