The RAND CAMS data release (Final, Version 2015v2) is now available.
The Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) is a paper-and-pencil survey that is collected biennially in odd-numbered years. One of its primary objectives is to measure total household spending over the previous 12 months. It is an ongoing supplement to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) which is a longitudinal survey representative of the U.S. population over the age of 50.
With the goal of making the data from the survey more accessible to researchers, the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, with funding and support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), created the RAND CAMS data files.
As of 2017, eight waves of CAMS data had been released by HRS. The RAND CAMS data are based on 2001 (V3), 2003 (V2), 2005 (V1), 2007 (V1), 2009 (V1), 2011 (V2), 2013 (V2),and 2015 (V1) final data releases).
Questions or problems concerning the RAND CAMS Data should be addressed to RANDHRShelp@rand.org.