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Dates and Facts about SHARE

Scientific achievement:     

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 530,000 (Wave 1 to 8 + Wave 8 & 9 CATI Corona Survey)

Interview mode:

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.

First Wave:   

2004 (Wave 1)

Current status:

Data of Waves 1 to 8 as well as both rounds of the SHARE Corona Survey are already available.

Wave 8 main data collection took place in 2020, combined with a special SHARE-COVID add-on questionnaire in summer 2020 that was repeated in summer 2021.

Data availability:     

SHARE data are available at the SHARE Research Data Center to the entire research community free of charge >> How to get data access

Research ethics:     

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.

SHARE Users:

More than 14,200 researchers from all over the world are registered as SHARE users.


SHARE became the first European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2011

Management Board:

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

>> More information


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: March 2022)