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Wave 5

DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w5.500

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


Release: 5.0.0

Date: May 10th 2016



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

Börsch-Supan, A. (2016). Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) Wave 5. Release version: 5.0.0. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.w5.500

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

Börsch-Supan, A., T. Kneip, H. Litwin, M. Myck, G. Weber (Eds.) (2015). Ageing in Europe - Supporting Policies for an Inclusive Society. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Malter, F. and A. Börsch-Supan (Eds.) (2015). SHARE Wave 5: Innovations & Methodology. Munich: MEA, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.

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.

Please see chapter 9 of the SHARE Wave 5: Innovations & Methodology for further information on citation rules.



The fieldwork of the Fifth Wave of SHARE was completed in November 2013. The scientific release includes new items on social exclusion and new modules on early childhood conditions and computer utilization at work as well as an interviewer survey. The release also contains several modules with generated variables, including imputations and weights. The following countries collected data and are part of the scientific release:

Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, France, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, and Slovenia.

Fieldwork outcomes are published in the SHARE Wave 5 Compliance Profiles. The Wave 5 Release Guide contains important information for data usage. Both documents can be downloaded below.


Further information:

SHARE Release Guide 5.0.0 (PDF)
FAQs about the SHARE dataset
Questionnaire Wave 5
Compliance Profiles – Wave 5