English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) (ICPSR 139)

Principal Investigator(s): National Centre for Social Research (NatCen); University College London; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)


The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing is a study of aging and quality of life for people over the age of 50. They are surveyed every two years to see how people's health, economic and social circumstances may change over time. One of the study's aims is to determine the relationshops between functioning and health, social networks, resources and economic position as people plan for, move into and progress beyond retirement. It is patterned after the Health and Retirement Study, a similar study based in the United States.

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Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    economic behavior, family life, health care, health status, household income, income, marriage, older adults, pensions, retirement, retirement planning, social networks

Geographic Coverage:    Great Britain, Global

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining the data and documentation

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