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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 27 European countries and Israel joined SHARE (see here: variation in participation for every wave).


More than 123,000 (Wave 1 to 6)


More than 293,000 (Wave 1 to 6)

Interview mode:

Computer assisted personal interviews (CAPI) for main interview, paper and pencil for drop-offs (in later waves country specific). About 2,000 interviewers were collecting the SHARE interviews all over Europe in Wave 6.

First Wave:   

2004 (Wave 1)

Current status:

Data of Waves 1 to 5 are already available.

Wave 6 data will be published in spring 2017.

Wave 7 Fieldwork will start at the beginning of 2017.

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

SHARE Users:

More than 6000 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. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D.
Scientific Coordinator, SHARE-ERIC Managing Director

Prof. Guglielmo Weber, Ph.D.
Vice Coordinator and Area Coordinator Economics

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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 30 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. 


(22. November 2016)