An Evaluation of HRS Sample Weights

TitleAn Evaluation of HRS Sample Weights
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGouskova, E
InstitutionSocial Science Research Network
KeywordsMethodology, Women and Minorities

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) documentation describes HRS sample weights as post-stratified by age, race/ethnicity, marital status and gender (Ofstedal, et al., 2011). Yet, we find systematic differences between distributions of these variables in the HRS and the Current Population Survey (CPS). In particular, in the HRS, minorities totals are under-estimated in older cohorts and over-estimated in younger cohorts in 2004, 2006 and 2008 survey waves. We hypothesize that these discrepancies result from of a simplified post-stratification approach, with post-stratification by race/ethnicity not being done jointly with all other factors. Given the HRS study design, however, a joint post-stratification is called for.

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Minorities/Sample Design/Methodology

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