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The Gateway to Global Aging Data is a platform for population survey data on aging around the world.  This site offers a digital library of survey questions, a search engine for finding comparable questions across surveys, and identically defined variables for cross-country analysis.
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Recent Findings Based on Aging Data
“This study is the first to comprehensively and at a large scale (14 European countries) measure the social inequalities in the number of natural teeth (an informative oral health marker) in the over 50-year-old population and to investigate the extent to which such inequalities are attributable to dental service use. [...] We found that inequalities in oral health existed in all countries, and the degree of which varied significantly across countries. In terms of pure oral health inequality, the Gini coefficient of the country at the bottom of the rank was almost four times larger than that of the country at the top of the rank. For income-, education-, or wealth-related oral health inequalities, the country at the bottom of the rank had a CI value three times larger than the country at the top.”


HRS-Family Studies

HRS
Health and Retirement Study
MHAS
Mexican Health and Ageing Study
CRELES
Costa Rican Longevity and Health Aging Study
ELSA
English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
SHARE
Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe
KLoSA
Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging
IFLS
Indonesia Family Life Survey
JSTAR
Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement
SAGE
Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health
TILDA
Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
CHARLS
China Health, Aging, and Retirement Longitudinal Study
LASI
Longitudinal Aging Study in India
micro data available on this website!

View comparative study overview information in the Study Descriptions (pdf) publication.

Harmonized Datasets

We have developed harmonized versions of data from several international aging and retirement studies, enabling easy cross-national comparisons. Learn more

Harmonized Studies

Harmonized HRS
RAND Health and Retirement Study
Harmonized MHAS
Mexican Health and Aging Study
Harmonized ELSA
Harmonized English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
Harmonized SHARE
Harmonized Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe
Harmonized KLoSA
Harmonized Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging
Harmonized JSTAR
Harmonized Japanese Study on Aging and Retirement
Harmonized TILDA
Harmonized The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
Harmonized CHARLS
Harmonized China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study
Harmonized LASI
Harmonized Longitudinal Aging Study in India

Topics

Demographics
birth date, marital history, parental mortality, ...
Health
whether health limits work, doctor diagnosed health problems, health behaviors, ...
Cognition
word recall, serial 7s, backward counting, animal naming, orientation, ...
Financial and Housing Wealth
value of primary residence, net value of business, total family wealth, ...
Income
individual earnings, pension income, total family income, ...
Pension
whether receives public pension, age stared to receive, receives any private pensions, ...
Healthcare utilization and Insurance
hospital stay, doctor visits, dental care, medical expenditures, health insurance, ...
Family
number of people living in household, number of children, number of living siblings, ...
Retirement Plans, Expectations
retirement age, self-reported probabilities: living to specific age, leaving a bequest, ...
Employment
currently working for pay, whether self-employed, wage rate, ...
Consumption
food consumption, total household consumption, per capita consumption, ...