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Surveys - Major Recent Surveys

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We now briefly turn to recent, major surveys with which analyses of the aging process are conducted. Due to space constraints, we can neither identify all nor describe in detail any of these surveys. Therefore, we have simply selected nine recent and widely used large-scale surveys that are publicly available from or through the ICPSR. These surveys include the General Social Survey (GSS), the third National Health and Nutritional Examination Study (NHANES III), the Longitudinal Studies on Aging (LSOA I and II), the Australian (Adelaide) Longitudinal Study of Aging, the Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly (EPESE), the Hispanic EPESE, the National Long-Term Care Survey (NLTCS), and the now combined Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and Survey on Assets and Health Dynamics of the Oldest-Old (AHEAD). Table 1 provides a thumbnail sketch of each of these surveys in terms of their eligibility rules, birth cohorts, observation windows, interview frequency, sample size, major topical foci, and the availability of linked administrative records. Further details on these and nearly eight thousand other surveys can be found at the ICPSR Internet site.

FREDERIC D. WOLINKSY DOUGLAS K. MILLER

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