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Wave 2

DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w2.600

In order to access the data, please review the information here.


Release: 6.0.0

Date: March 31st 2017



When using data from this dataset, please cite the dataset as follows:

Börsch-Supan, A. (2017). Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 2. Release version: 6.0.0. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w2.600

Please also cite the following publications in addition to the SHARE acknowledgement:

-          Börsch-Supan, A., A. Brugiavini, H. Jürges, A. Kapteyn, J. Mackenbach, J. Siegrist and G. Weber. (2008). First results from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (2004-2007). Starting the longitudinal dimension. Mannheim: Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA).

-          Börsch-Supan, A., Brandt, M., Hunkler, C., Kneip, T., Korbmacher, J., Malter, F., Schaan, B., Stuck, S., Zuber, S. (2013). Data Resource Profile: The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). International Journal of Epidemiology DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyt088.



With the release of Wave 2, SHARE went into its longitudinal dimension, with new possibilities for data analysis when exploring variation of the same people over time. While the focus has been on re-contacting respondents from the first wave, a “refresher” sample was also drawn in all first wave countries except Austria and the Flemish part of Belgium. For the refresher sample the same sampling methods were used as in wave 1, only cohorts born in 1955 and 1956 were oversampled to keep the sample representative of the population 50 years old and older.

The SHARE 2006 main questionnaire consists of 22 modules. In addition an ‘End of Life’ interview was conducted for deceased respondents. All data are collected via face-to-face, computer-aided personal interviews (CAPI), supplemented by self-completion paper and pencil questionnaires.

Two 'new' EU member states - the Czech Republic and Poland - as well as Ireland joined SHARE in 2006 and participated in the second wave of data collection in 2006-07. Israel joined in 2009-2010.

Further information

SHARE Release Guide 5.0.0 (PDF)

FAQs about the SHARE dataset

Questionnaires Wave 2