Harmonization of Cross-National Studies of Aging to the Health and Retirement Study

69 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2016

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Serena Wang

Independent

Joohong Min

University of Alberta

Jinkook Lee

University of Southern California - Center for Economic & Social Research; Program on Global Aging, Health & Policy, Center for Economic & Social Research; RAND Corporation

Date Written: December 17, 2014

Abstract

This paper summarizes and compares measures of chronic diseases and medical conditions in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and its sister surveys from other countries: the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA), the Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement (JSTAR), the Chinese Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), and the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). The authors analyze and discuss the extent, to which these measures are comparable, the methodological differences in the way information was collected for these measures, and the implications for secondary data analysis. This paper is one in a series of similar papers, each comparing different domains (e.g., cognition, employment and retirement, expectations, transfers, income, and wealth) across these surveys with an aim to encourage rigorous, cross-national and international comparison research on aging populations.

Suggested Citation

Wang, Serena and Min, Joohong and Lee, Jinkook, Harmonization of Cross-National Studies of Aging to the Health and Retirement Study (December 17, 2014). RAND Working Paper Series WR- 861/8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2800288 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2800288

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