Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) (ICPSR 24981)

Principal Investigator(s): Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Ageing (MEA)


The Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on the health, socio-economic status, and social and family networks of older adults (aged 50 years and over) throughout Europe. Designed to provide a full picture of the aging process, SHARE collects data on a range of topics including health conditions, physical and cognitive functioning, mental health, life satisfaction, employment, income, education, social networks, and social support mechanisms. The first wave of SHARE data collection occurred in 2004-2005, the second wave in 2006-2007, and the third wave in 2008-2009.

SHARE has been harmonized with the United States HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY (HRS) [ICPSR6854], and the ENGLISH LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AGEING (ELSA) [ICPSR0139].

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Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, family life, health, health status, income, life satisfaction, mental health, older adults, physical condition, retirement, social networks, social support

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Data Collection Notes:

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

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