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The Harmonized English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (Harmonized ELSA) is an easy-to-use version of data from nine waves of the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA) with a set of harmonized variables suitable for cross-country analysis. Using the RAND HRS and Harmonized HRS as models, the Harmonized ELSA defines variables as identically as possible with the RAND HRS and Harmonized HRS to allow users to compare variables with all other Harmonized data sets. Documentation for each variable in Harmonized ELSA, including a description of its creation, the ELSA variables used, and descriptive statistics, is detailed in the Harmonized ELSA codebook.

Section A: Demographics, Identifiers, and Weights
Section B: Health
Section C: Health Care Utilization and Insurance
Section D: Cognition
Section E: Financial and Housing Wealth
Section F: Income and Consumption
Section G: Family Structure
Section H: Employment History
Section I: Retirement Plans, Expectations
Section J: Pension
Section K: Physical Measures
Section L: Assistance and Caregiving
Section M: Stress
Section O: End of Life Planning
Section P: Childhood
Section Q: Psychosocial
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