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Aging in Three Countries: A New Data Resource for Comparative Retirement Research

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Amy Pienta
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is an ongoing longitudinal study that began in 1992 and documents the changing social, economic, health, and psychological experiences of men and women, aged 50+.  Since 1992, there have been sister survey data collection efforts in other countries undertaken so that the data might be compared with the United States and with each other.  ICPSR has begun a pilot project to demonstrate the feasibility of organizing, harmonizing, and presenting these data in a way that facilitates research and demonstrates the extent to which the data are comparable (or not).  Metadata from the HRS, the English Longitudinal Study on Aging, and the Mexican Health and Aging Study are combined into an interactive tool for researchers.  Results of the harmonization and this tool will be demonstrated.

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