Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

  • Paola Zaninotto
  • Andrew SteptoeEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_335-1


The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) was established to address complex, policy-relevant questions within a rigorous scientific framework. ELSA tracks the multiple characteristics of participants as they move through middle to older ages, resulting in an invaluable source of high quality data. The broad research areas and questions motivating the design of the study include health trajectories, disability, and healthy life expectancy; the nature and determinants of economic position and resources in old age; the timing of retirement and postretirement labor market activity; the nature of social networks, social support and social participation at older ages; household and family structure and the transfer of resources; and most importantly, the linked dynamic relationships between all these domains. ELSA has been designed to maximize comparability with other international longitudinal studies on aging, such as the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) in the USA (See “He...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral Science and HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Weir
    • 1
  • Mary Beth Ofstedal
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA