2023 December Workshop: Life History Data in the Health and Retirement Study

December 4-6, 2023
Amanda Sonnega

Life History Data in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a 3-day online (Zoom) held from December 4-6 workshop intended to give participants an overview of the life history data resources in the HRS.

Content lectures delivered by HRS faculty and content area experts will cover a range of topics including a survey of the full set of life history measurement in the HRS, with a special focus on the Life History Mail Survey, which was fielded in 2015, 2017, and 2019 and obtains detailed retrospective residential, educational, occupational, and partnership histories for all HRS respondents prior to age 50. Other life history data resources that will be discussed include the Cross-Wave Childhood Health Childhood and Family Context Aggregated Data, and the Cross-Wave Marital History Aggregated Data. Presentations will also cover the contents of the restricted detailed occupational, residential, and educational information as well as administrative linkages to the life history data.

Data labs will focus on preparing the data for use in sequence analysis and using the Gateway to Global Aging project data, which harmonizes Life History data across the international studies..

The course is designed for those with experience using HRS data or for those who have taken the introductory HRS workshop. The data training portion assumes some familiarity with STATA.

Cost and Access
The cost of the 3-day course is $350. Participants must have access to a laptop or PC and either SAS or Stata.

For more information, or to register, visit the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques website. Look for the course called Life History Data in the Health and Retirement Study.

For course related questions, please contact Amanda Sonnega at asonnega@umich.edu. For questions related to registration, please use the contact form on the Summer Institute page.