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Wave 7


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


Release: 7.1.1

Date: 17th December 2020



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

Börsch-Supan, A. (2020). Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 7. Release version: 7.1.1. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w7.711

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

Bergmann, M., A. Scherpenzeel and A. Börsch-Supan (Eds.) (2019). SHARE Wave 7 Methodology: Panel Innovations and Life Histories. Munich: Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA).

Börsch-Supan, A., Brandt, M., Hunkler, C., Kneip, T., Korbmacher, J., Malter, F., Schaan, B., Stuck, S. and 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.



In 2017, the main data collection of Wave 7 took place in 28 countries - full coverage of the EU was achieved by including 8 new countries in SHARE: Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta and Cyprus. The Wave 7 questionnaire contains a SHARELIFE questionnaire for all respondents who did not participate in Wave 3 (first SHARELIFE wave), as well as a regular panel questionnaire for all respondents who already answered a SHARELIFE interview. SHARELIFE focuses on people's life histories including all the important areas of respondents’ lives, ranging from partners and children to housing and work history to detailed questions on health and health care. Respondents who were invited to do the SHARELIFE interview also received a condensed set of questions from the regular panel questionnaire to maintain the panel dimension for key respondent characteristics.

The below listed documents “Moduleflow Wave 7” and “Who gets which question in SHARE Wave 7” further explain the questionnaire structure.


Structure of the Wave 7 interview



Wave 7 Flowcharts

AC - Activity: Download

PH - Physical Health: Download

RH - Retrospective Health Care: Download

RA - Retrospective Accommodation: Download

BR -Behavioral Risks: Download

RC – Retrospective Children: Download

RE - Retrospective Employment: Download

CF – Cognitive Functions: Download

CH – Children: Download

EP - Employment and Pensions: Download

FT - Financial Transfer: Download

HC - Health Care: Download

HH – Household Income: Download

HO – Housing: Download

MH – Mental Health: Download

SP - Social Support: Download


Please find information on old releases below:







Wave 7





3rd April 2019

26th June 2020