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Description: Longitudinal survey designed to provide benchmark data on the social, economic and physical well-being of the older population in Taiwan. This survey began in 1989, following a cohort of persons age 60 years and over through multiple waves of data collection. In 1996, the panel sample (comprised of persons who were then age 67 or older) was supplemented with a new representative sample of persons 50 to 66 years of age. Both panels were sampled from the national household register, which includes institutions as special households. The survey builds on earlier surveys of the elderly conducted in several ASEAN countries in the mid-1980’s and was designed to be comparable to surveys of elderly that were conducted in the mid-1990s in the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore.

Coverage: Taiwan.


  • Marital history
  • Background characteristics
  • Social and economic exchanges
  • Living arrangements
  • Health status
  • Health care utilization and behavior
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Cognition
  • Life satisfaction
  • Emotional and instrumental support
  • Activities
  • Occupational history
  • General economic/financial well being
  • Life insurance

Age Range of Sample: 1989-1993 waves: 60+ in baseline wave (1989) 1996: 50+

Sample Size:
1989: 4,049
1990-91: 3,574
1993: 3,155
1996: 2,669 age 67+ (original panel); 2,462 age 50-66 (new sample)

Years of data collection: 1989, 1990-91, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006

Data Availability: Publicly available; data use agreement required to access data

Data & Documentation Links:
Data for the 1989-1996 waves may be obtained through the Population Studies Center Data Archive, University of Michigan