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Study Report

Study Number: QM-508-001-1-1-China-CCER-2008

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: China health and retirement longitudinal study (CHARLS).  [machine-readable data file] / Zhao, Yaohui  [principal investigator(s)] / China Center for Economic Research, Peking University  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: CHARLS

Date Accessioned: 10/27/2009

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: CHARLS data user first needs to register to obtain the permission to use the data. Visit CHARLS website for more information.

Access Status: Restricted

Date Ordered: 10/27/2009

Documentation: Questionnaires and documents are available from CHARLS website.

Abstract: China has the largest aging population in the world, and also one of the highest aging rates. The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) is a survey of the elderly in China, based on a sample of households with members aged 45 years and older. CHARLS is modeled after the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and related aging surveys such as the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) and the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). In 2008, CHARLS started with a pilot survey in just two provinces: Gansu, a poor inland province, and Zhejiang, a rich coastal province. The pilot survey collected data from 48 communities/villages in 16 counties/districts, covering 2,685 individuals living in 1,570 households. A full survey with national samples is planned for 2011. The CHARLS household survey is composed of seven parts: demographic background, family, health status and functioning, health care and insurance, work, retirement and pension, Income, Expenditure and Assets and interviewer observation.

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