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Volume 9 Issue 4 - October 2008

What's New at the HRS?

The HRS 2006 Core Final Release (Version 1.0) is now available.

The HRS 2006 Core Final Release contains data for 18,469 respondents, in 12,605 households.  The data collection period for HRS 2006 was March 2006 through February 2007. The HRS Online Concordance has been updated to reflect the content of this release.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.


The HRS Cross-Wave Master ID File (Final, Version 4.0) is now available.

The Master ID File includes information from 2006. The purpose of the HRS Master ID file is to simplify the process of merging HRS files. The HRS uses two ID variables in combination to uniquely identify individuals: HHID and PN. Ideally, these would be fixed at entry into the study and never need to be changed. They would be identical for a single individual in every wave and in the Tracker file. In practice, a small but non-negligible number of individuals have had changes in their HHID or PN variables. Therefore this file creates wave-specific HHID and PN numbers that match identically to IDs on each wave, paired with the current tracker HHID and PN.