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The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index), was developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Elder Index is a measure of the income that older adults need to meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity. The Elder Index is specific to household size, location, housing tenure, and health status and includes the cost of: Housing, Health Care, Transportation, Food, and Miscellaneous Essentials.
OECD COUNTRIES: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States.
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), begun in 1968, is a longitudinal study of a representative sample (more than 7,000 families and 65,000 indivuduals)of U.S. individuals that emphasizes the dynamic aspects of economic and demographic behavior. The data content is broad, including sociological and psychological measures.
Note: There are two ways to download data: the Data Center, and packaged data. In the Data Center you can create customized extracts and codebooks. Alternatively, if you want to download the entire PSID archive for a specific year or every year since 1968, you can do so as a packaged data file. Full questionnaires and additional documentation are available under the packaged data option.