MALAYSIA AGEING AND RETIREMENT SURVEY (MARS)

Malaysia Ageing and Retirement Survey (MARS)

MARS is a longitudinal study currently being implemented by the Centre aimed at respondents aged 40 and above. Through its unique and in-depth interviews, the MARS provides an invaluable and growing body of multidisciplinary data to address important questions of ageing.

Objective

The main objective of MARS is to gather micro-level data on people aged 40 years and older. The data will provide useful input for policy making and the formulation of National Framework for Active and  Healthy Ageing Malaysia towards strengthening social protection system for the country.

 

 

Comprehensive Baseline data

To produce a comprehensive base-line data on the individual, family, social, economic & health of middle-aged & older persons

Longitudinal

To collect longitudinal data on life histories and experiences of middle-aged and older persons over  time to gain a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges related to retirement and ageing

Evidence-based

To offer evidence-based recommendations on opportunities and policies to address the trends that
emerge in the midst of population ageing in Malaysia

Part of global platform

To be part of the global platform on retirement & ageing research comparable with similar longitudinal surveys that can provide the basis for policy making & academic studies.

Core Components of MARS

Health, healthcare utilization, health insurance and long-term care

This module is about respondents' health status and health behaviours. Contents include health status, daily activity, illness and other health problems.

Work, employment and retirement

This module is about respondents' work and employment status. Contents include work status, work history, work hours, and retirement information

Income and consumption

This module collects information on respondents' income and consumption at both individual and household level.

Psycho-social

This module gathers respondents’ state of being and satisfaction on married life, family, living conditions, finance, health, religious practice, security, environment and the government.

Family support and living arrangement

This module collects information on household roster, background information, living arrangement, family support and transfers.

MARS is in consultation with

HIDEHIKO ICHIMURA

University of Tokyo

(JSTAR)

NAOHIRO OGAWA

University of Tokyo

(JSTAR)

DAVID WEIR

Institute of Social Research (HRS), Univ. Michigan

Jay Lin

Institute of Social Research (HRS),  Univ. of Michigan

JinKook Lee

Program on Global Aging, Health and Policy 
Univ. of Southern California

John Strauss

School of Gerontology, Univ. of Southern California

Michael D. Hurd

RAND Center for the Study of Aging

Research Members

norma mansor

SSRC

Halimah Awang

SSRC

tey nai peng

Population Studies Unit, UM

ng sor tho

Department of Statistics, UM

Noran Naqiah Mohd Hairi

Julius Centre, UM

Low Wah Yun

Medical Education & Research Development, UM

Collaborative Partners

Through the collaboration with Institute of Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan, ISR will provide technical support in questionnaire instruments development, particularly the software required to run the survey through Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), as well as training of trainers and field interviewers.

MARS is part of the Gateway to Global Aging Data

Call Our Team

MARS Enquiry: 03 -7967 3752 | 03-7967 3615 (Nur Fakhrina Ab Rashid)

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