Multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of individuals aged 50 or older (biennial survey waves).
Until now 28 European countries and Israel joined SHARE (see here: variation in participation for every wave).
About 140,000 (Wave 1 to 8)
Around 480,000 (Wave 1 to 8)
Computer assisted personal interviews (CAPI) for main interview, paper and pencil for drop-offs (in later waves country specific). Computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI) in Wave 8 and the SHARE-COVID survey. About 2,000 interviewers were collecting the SHARE interviews all over Europe in Wave 8.
2004 (Wave 1)
Data of Waves 1 to 8 are already available.
Wave 8 main data collection took place in 2020, combined with a special SHARE-COVID add-on questionnaire. An early release of SHARE Wave 8 COVID-19 data has been published in December 2020. Release version 1.0.0 of Wave 8 data is available (June 2021).
SHARE data are available at the SHARE Research Data Center to the entire research community free of charge >> How to get data access
The SHARE study is subject to continuous ethics review. During Waves 1 to 4, SHARE was reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Mannheim. Wave 4 of SHARE and the continuation of the project were reviewed and approved by the Ethics Council of the Max Planck Society. For more details please see: overview and summary of the ethics approvals.
More than 13,300 researchers from all over the world are registered as SHARE users.
SHARE became the first European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2011
Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D.
Scientific Coordinator, SHARE-ERIC Managing Director
Prof. Guglielmo Weber, Ph.D.
Vice Coordinator and Area Coordinator Economics
SHARE Central is located in Munich, Germany at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), one department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy
About 38 people are working in the SHARE central office in Munich. Around 150 people are working in SHARE country teams as well as in other SHARE teams, e.g. teams responsible for questionnaire design, imputations, weigths or other special data sets.
(Last updated: September 2021)