Health and Retirement Survey for India


Principal Investigator:
David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography

Global Health+Population

Dates of Research:
September 15, 2008 — August 31, 2011


This study prepares the way for increased scientific investigation of the economic, social, and biological determinants and consequences of population aging in India. Internationally harmonized data will be disseminated over the Internet to the global research community enabling further coordinated research on the health and well-being of the elderly in India in comparative perspective. This research has the potential to inform policy in India and other Asian Countries, including China, Japan, and South Korea. The long-term goals of this research are to develop a nationally representative survey of aging, health and retirement in India. To provide the foundation for new, rigorous, multidisciplinary studies of aging that will inform policy making and advance scientific knowledge. To provide internationally harmonized data for cross-national comparative studies on aging to advance understanding of how different institutions, cultures, and policies influence aging. The survey instrument includes areas of health such as disease, mental health, and diet, as well as other social indicators including family structure, health care utilization, housing, and employment retirement.