Health and Retirement Contextual Data Resource

July 24, 2020

The Health and Retirement Study Contextual Data Resource (HRS-CDR) is a collection of user-friendly datasets that enable researchers to study the impact of place on health and well-being among HRS respondents.

Recent HRS-CDR releases are listed below.

The COVID-19 US State Policy Database (CUSP) is maintained by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health and is available for linkage to HRS for users approved for state-level geography. The COVID-19 US State Policy Database contains state-wide policies related to COVID-19 mitigation and control, including stay at home orders, closing of non-essential businesses, and school closures. The database also contains policies that aim to protect vulnerable populations from the wide range of health and economic consequences of the pandemic, including changes to Medicaid, eviction freezes, and changes to unemployment insurance. For each policy in question, research assistants collect the date it went into effect in each state based on executive orders, mandates, and/or press releases. This data product will be periodically updated in consultation with researchers from Boston University.

The HRS-CDR Uniform Crime Reporting Program data (V2) were created by a joint project of the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The data includes county-level counts of offenses for the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) index crimes including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson. Data are available at county level and organized by time (year: 1994-2016).

The HRS-CDR USDA Food Access Information dataset (V2) contains information from the United States Department of Agriculture related to food access at the state, census tract and county level. This information is linked to HRS detailed geographic indicators derived from respondent addresses.