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4.1 What is the difference between the regular SHARE interview and the SHARELIFE interview?

SHARE is a panel study with a core of topics asked in every wave. To complement the information of respondents' lives from 50 onwards captured with the regular panel interviews, a special interview covering the retrospective life histories of the respondents was conducted in wave 3 and wave 7, the so-called SHARELIFE interview. While wave 3 contained only retrospective SHARELIFE items, wave 7 contains a combination. Every respondent who has not participated in SHARELIFE in wave 3 completed a life history interview (81.8% of respondents). Respondents who already participated in SHARELIFE in wave 3 completed a regular panel interview in wave 7 (18.2% of respondents). Variable mn103_ in the technical variable module contains the information on the type of interview (life history interview y/n). Please note that as a result the amount of missing values is very high for most items from the regular panel interview because only 18.2% of the respondents answered those questions.

Further documents on the questionnaire structure of Wave 7 are listed on our Wave Overview.

4.2 What information does the regular SHARE questionnaire contain?

The SHARE interview consists of various thematic blocks or modules. Prior to the main interview, the coverscreen (cv_r module) is completed by one household member on behalf of the household. The main questionnaire is based on various different CAPI modules that are listed in table 2. To pick up contemporary issues and due to alterations and time constraints not every module was part of every wave.

Table 2: Regular questionnaire modules of Waves 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7

 

Questionnaire-Modules

Wave 1

Wave 2

Wave 4

Wave 5

Wave 6

Wave 7

CV_R

Coverscreen on individual level

X

X

X

X

X

X

DN

Demographics and Networks

X

X

X

X

X

X

SN

Social Networks

 

 

X

 

X

 

CH

Children

X

X

X

X

X

X

PH

Physical Health

X

X

X

X

X

X

BR

Behavioral Risks

X

X

X

X

X

X

CF

Cognitive Function

X

X

X

X

X

X

MH

Mental Health

X

X

X

X

X

X

HC

Health Care

X

X

X

X

X

X

EP

Employment and Pensions

X

X

X

X

X

X

IT

Computer Use

 

 

 

X

 

X

MC

Mini Childhood

 

 

 

X

 

 

GS

Grip Strength

X

X

X

X

X

X

WS

Walking Speed

X

X

 

 

 

 

CS

Chair Stand

 

X

 

X

 

 

BS

Blood Spot

 

 

 

 

X

 

PF

Peak Flow

 

X

X

 

X

 

SP

Social Support

X

X

X

X

X

X

FT

Financial Transfers

X

X

X

X

X

X

HO

Housing

X

X

X

X

X

X

HH

Household Income

X

X

X

X

X

X

CO

Consumption

 X

 X

X

X

X

AS

Assets

X

X

X

X

X

X

AC

Activities

X

X

X

X

X

X

EX

Expectations

X

X

X

X

X

X

IV

Interviewer Observations

 X

X

X

X

X

 

Special Questionnaire Modules

 

 

 

 

 

 

XT

End-of-Life Interview

 

X

X

X

 

X

DO

Drop-off

X

X

X

X

X

X

VI

Vignettes

X

X

 

 

 

 

TC

Technical Variables

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

4.3 What is the content of SHARELIFE?

The SHARELIFE questionnaire has a different focus than the regular waves. It contains all important areas of the respondents’ life histories, ranging from childhood conditions, partners and children over housing and financial history and employment history to detailed questions on health and health care. Table 3 indicates the questionnaire modules of SHARELIFE. Additionally, some single questions on household income (HH) and present physical health (PH) are included.

Table 3: Retrospective questionnaire modules of waves 3 and 7

W3 module

W7 module

Content of Questionnaire Modules

CV_R

CV_R

Coverscreen on individual level

ST

DN

Demographics

AC

RA

Retrospective Accommodation

CS

CC

Childhood Section / Childhood Circumstances

DQ

DQ

Disability

FS

FS

Financial Section

GL

GL

General Life and Persecution

HC

RH

Retrospective Health Care

HS

HS

Health Section

RC

RC

Retrospective Children History

RE

RE

Retrospective Employment

RP

RP

Retrospective Partner History

WQ

WQ

Work Quality

 

4.4 What is easySHARE?

easySHARE is a simplified HRS-adapted dataset for student training, and for researchers who have little experience in quantitative analyses of complex survey data. easySHARE stores information of all respondents and of all currently released data collection waves in one single dataset. For the subset of variables covered in easySHARE, the complexity was considerably reduced. easySHARE is stored as long format panel dataset. In addition to the data and the release guide, the download zip files include the Stata programme that was used to extract easySHARE from the regular SHARE data. This allows users to retrace how each variable was extracted and modified and facilitates adding or changing information. It can also be used as an example of how to create an analysis dataset yourself. For more information please click here.

 

 

4.5 Does SHARE contain information on race/ethnicity?

No, SHARE does not contain information about race/ethnicity. But it contains the respondents´ country of birth (dn004_ + dn005c) and the respondents´ citizenship (dn007_ + dn008c), both available in the demographics module. From Wave 5 onwards SHARE also includes the country of birth of the respondents´ parents (dn504c + dn505c).  The introduction of the latter variables enables the identification of second-generation migrants. Citizenship and country of birth are coded according to ISO 3166-1 (numeric-3).

4.6 What kind of information is provided by the interviewer observation module (IV)?

This module is answered by the interviewer right after finishing the interview. It contains information on the interviewing experience which is important in order to understand the circumstances under which the interview was conducted.

4.7 What is a “drop off” questionnaire?

The interview ends with the self-completion of a paper & pencil questionnaire. This questionnaire includes additional questions on e.g. mental and physical health, health care and social networks. In waves 1, 2 and 4, drop-off questionnaires were conducted in all countries. Partly the content of the drop off questionnaire is country-specific. Especially the Wave 4 drop off questionnaire contains many country-specific questions aside from a generic part on health and health care. From Wave 5 onwards, drop-off questionnaires were conducted only in some countries with completely country-specific questions.

In the drop off data, the generic variables have variable names starting with “q”, country-specific variables contain the country code as prefix, e.g. “at_” for Austria. The drop offs differ across waves. This is due to new questions added and questions that are not asked anymore. In addition some questions of the Wave 1 drop off are asked in the CAPI in Wave 2 (see appendix of  SHARE Release Guide 7.0.0). 

4.8 What are “vignettes”?

For the vignettes extra samples were taken in eight countries in Wave 1 (BE, DE, ES, FR, GR, IT, NL, SE) and in eleven countries in Wave 2 (BE, CZ, DK, DE, ES, FR, GR, IT, NL, PL, SE) in order to collect a special self-completion questionnaire with anchoring vignette questions. These are supposed to improve cross-national comparability. Two types were randomly assigned to the respondents. They differ with regard to question order and gender of the people described in the statements. The variable “type” contains information on the vignette type. The labels of the variables show which questions correspond to the other type.

4.9 What kind of physical measurements are included in SHARE?

Physical measurements and biomarkers are part of SHARE since there is promising scientific value to it. Standard health questions are often subject to the respondents´ evaluation or perception. Objective measurements can help (1) to validate respondents´ self-reports, (2) to understand the complex relationships between social status and health and their physiological pathways and (3) to identify pre-disease pathways. SHARE combines self-reports on health with four physical performance measurements: grip strength (GS), walking speed (WS), peak-flow (PF) and chair stand (CS). Additionally, dried blood spots (DBS) samples were collected in SHARE wave 6 in 12 countries: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France (subsample only), Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The DBS data is not yet available. Please subscribe for the SHARE users’ newsletter and/or check our homepage to be informed as soon as the data will be available.

4.10 How is mortality assessed?

SHARE requests that the interviewers confirm the decease of a respondent by a proxy-respondent. In case of decease, interviewers try to conduct an end-of-life interview with a proxy-respondent. The proxy-respondent can be a family member, a household member, a neighbour or any other person of the closer social network of the deceased respondent. The end-of-life interview mainly contains information on life circumstances in the year before the respondent deceased as well as the circumstances of death like time and cause of death. The variables are stored in the xt-module of Wave 2 onwards. Apart from the end-of-life interview, the gv_allwaves_cv_r  module contains the variables deadoralive, deceased_year, deceased_month and deceased_age.