easySHARE (version 7.1.0)

easySHARE is a simplified HRS-adapted dataset for student training, and for researchers who have little experience in quantitative analyses of complex survey data. While the main release of SHARE is stored in more than 100 single data files, easySHARE stores information on all respondents and of all currently released data collection waves in one single dataset. Moreover, for the subset of variables covered in easySHARE, the complexity was considerably reduced. For example the information collected only from one person of a couple or in a household was transferred to all respective respondents; time constant information collected only in the first interview was transferred to all later interviews; the coding of missing values was enriched to provide an easier understanding of the routing and filtering of the interviews; etc. In addition, several ready to analyse variables have been added, such as health indexes, demographic information, or economic measures. When possible measures have been selected or recoded to facilitate comparative analyses with the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

A very good introduction to easySHARE data is in this working paper.

All information about the easySHARE and other special data sets can be found at the main site.
We would be happy to provide training, lectures, or workshops on easySHARE data.
Data are also available in open source program R downloadable from http://www.r-project.org/

Radim Boháček
Project coordinator SHARE-CZ in the Czech Republic
Politických vězňů 7
111 21 Prague 1

tel: 775 379 336
email:  radim.bohacek@cerge-ei.cz