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EU Commission Grant: SHARE-ERIC is becoming a central pillar in Corona crisis related research

The EU Commission accepted the proposal of the SHARE-COVID research project to investigate the health, behavioural, social and economic impact of the...


New SHARE data release

SHARE Release 7.1.0 is now available!


SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of about 140,000 individuals aged 50 or older (around 380,000 interviews). SHARE covers 27 European countries and Israel.


SHARE contributes to research about the social, health and economic impact of COVID-19.
In June 2020, SHARE resumed Wave 8 fieldwork via telephone interviews including a special “SHARE COVID-19” questionnaire. The data collected with this questionnaire will allow examining in-depth how the risk group of the older individuals is coping with the health-related and socioeconomic impact of COVID-19. The great advantage of these data will be the possibility to measure and interpret differences in a cross-country and a longitudinal dimension. Find all details in our Special Dataset Section.


SHARE in a nutshell: You can watch our Introduction Video online.


For a summary overview and research results of SHARE, you can download our latest First Results Book:
Health and Socio-economic Status over the Life Course.

The data are available to the entire research community free of charge.


SHARE is centrally coordinated by Prof. Dr. h.c. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. It is harmonized with the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and has become a role model for several ageing surveys worldwide.

We gratefully acknowledge funding (for an overview click here) from the European Commission (Horizon 2020), the US National Institute on Aging, and national sources, especially the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.