Key Findings Details
Representativeness of the Low-Income Population in the Health and Retirement Study
Erik Meijer and Lynn Karoly
- The HRS survey sample is representative for the general population it covers.
- However, we caution against estimating population totals for small subpopulations such as SSI recipients or Medicaid beneficiaries.
- HRS samples for which restricted matched administrative data are available are often not representative of the population of interest.