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Study Report

Study Number: QM-505-001-1-1-Europe-CentERdata-2004

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: Survey of health, ageing and retirement in Europe (SHARE).  [machine-readable data file] / Börsch-Supan, Axel  [principal investigator(s)] / CentERdata, Tilburg University  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: SHARE

Date Accessioned: 10/23/2009

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: The data is available in STATA and SPSS format. 2004 SHARE baseline study is freely available for scientific research. Users can click on "Research Data Center" on the SHARE website, There is information about the conditions for data usage and hyperlinks to documents that a user have to sign in order to accept the conditions. After signing the document, send it to Josette Janssen at CentERdata in Netherlands via mail or fax. CentERdata will provide a registered user a login code and a password. RAND Corporation has created a wiki to compare several aging studies such as HRS, ELSA, SHARE, KLoSA, and CHARLES.

Access Status: Restricted

Date Ordered: 10/23/2009

Documentation: Questionnaires, methodology and other reports are available from SHARE project website.

Abstract: The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database. It is supported by funding from European Commission and the U.S. National Institute on Aging. It is modeled after the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). It provides micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of more than 45,000 individuals aged 50 or over. Its Baseline Study (Wave 1) was conducted in 2004. Eleven countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) participated. In 2005-06 further data are collected in Israel. The Czech Republic, Ireland and Poland joined SHARE in wave2, 2006-2007. SHARELIFE collects detailed retrospective life-histories from SHARE respondents in 2008-2009, Wave 3. SHARE plans to include all EU member countries in wave 4, 2010-2011. Estonia, Hungary, Luxemburg and Portugal are scheduled to participate in data collection in wave 4. Data collected in SHARE include health variables (e.g. self-reported health, health conditions, physical and cognitive functioning, health behaviour, use of health care facilities), bio-markers (e.g. grip strength, body-mass index, peak flow), psychological variables (e.g. psychological health, well-being, life satisfaction), economic variables (current work activity, job characteristics, opportunities to work past retirement age, sources and composition of current income, wealth and consumption, housing, education), and social support variables (e.g. assistance within families, transfers of income and assets, social networks, volunteer activities). In order to maximize comparability across nations, SHARE employs a single, centrally programmed survey instrument that uses an underlying language database to create country and language-specific instruments. It also features harmonized cross-national data that allow comparison of the effects on different pension and health care systems on the lives of middle-aged and older citizens in the countries covered by SHARE, ELSA and HRS.

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