The global network of ageing surveys consists of “parent surveys” and “daughter surveys” with respect to SHARE. The “parent surveys” have been started earlier than SHARE and have strongly influenced the design of SHARE, namely the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS, now in its 9th wave) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA, now in its 7th wave). In addition, HRS, ELSA and SHARE have sparked “daughter surveys” currently being developed in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Mexico.
This project will strengthen the cooperation with the “parent” and “daughter” surveys through three mechanisms: (1) The principal investigators from HRS and ELSA have been asked and have accepted to serve in the SHARE Scientific Monitoring Board and to participate in all plenary meetings of the project. (2) The SHARE coordinator will attend all meetings of the international harmonisation project initiated and funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging and led by the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. (3) The coordinator will attend the annual design and data monitoring meetings of HRS and ELSA. The coordinator is member of the advisory/steering committees of the “daughter surveys” in Latin America and Asia. He will attend the respective advisory and steering committee meetings of the emerging new surveys.