UAS Comprehensive File

The UAS Comprehensive File merges the data from a number core surveys in the UAS that are repeated every two years. It includes basic demographics as well data on cognitive tests, personality, financial literacy, subjective well-being, health, retirement, several surveys dealing with financial management, preparation for retirement and knowledge of Social Security rules. It includes the harmonized version of the UAS-Health and Retirement Study (UAS-HRS).

Currently, it contains data of Wave 1 of the following core surveys: UAS1, UAS2, UAS16, UAS18, UAS20-UAS25 (the HRS surveys), UAS26, UAS38, UAS42-UAS44 (cognitive ability) and My Household (the quarterly brief demographic survey).

The UAS Comprehensive Data File can be linked with any of the UAS surveys not already included. The current version of the UAS Comprehensive File can be downloaded here (registration required) and it focuses on measures related to financial decision‑making such as income, housing, and financial wealth, as well as health-related topics such as current health conditions, activity difficulties, and cognitive abilities. For a detailed explanation please have a look at the UAS Comprehensive File Data Description.

Accompanying the UAS Comprehensive File, is the UAS HRS Component File. The Component file contains the HRS income and wealth component variables that comprise several HRS income and wealth summary variables. There are also timestamp variables indicating when the respondent began taking each UAS HRS survey, and a timestamp marking when the respondent completed each survey, as well as other survey-specific variables such as the number of UAS members in the household at the time each survey was taken.

The Component file can be linked to the Comprehensive file by using the uasid identifier variable. The current version of the UAS HRS Component File can be downloaded here. A data description for the Component file is forthcoming.

Download the UAS Comprehensive File (registration required)