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Economic Measurement in the Health and Retirement Study

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  • Venti Steven

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    (Dartmouth College and NBER)

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The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is widely use for research on the well-being of the elderly. This paper assesses the quality of economic and financial variables in the HRS. I find the coverage is comprehensive and the quality of the data is uniformly high. Thus the HRS has earned its position as the most widely used data source for research on retirement, saving adequacy, pension policy and a host of other aging-related topics. I identify two general areas that continue to merit special attention. The first is measurement error, particularly errors arising from item non-response and from inaccurate respondent reports of the ownership and level of assets. The second is the quality of the pension data. Where appropriate, I make suggestions for improving economic measures in the HRS.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Forum for Health Economics & Policy.

Volume (Year): 14 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 1-20

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:fhecpo:v:14:y:2011:i:3:n:2

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  1. James M. Poterba, 2014. "Retirement Security in an Aging Society," NBER Working Papers 19930, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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