About the Study

Malaysia Ageing and Retirement Survey (MARS) is a major research undertaking by the Social Wellbeing Research Centre (SWRC) to produce nationwide longitudinal micro-level data relating to ageing and retirement involving personal interviews of individuals aged 40 years and older in Malaysia. 

MARS collects information on vital issues impacting their lives which include personal (background characteristics, etc.), family (relationship with spouse, parents, children, siblings, transfers, etc.), health (health status, diagnosed illness, healthcare utilisation, physical measurement, etc.), economic (work, employment, retirement, income, etc.) and other social factors (friends, social participation, etc). 

MARS data are to be harmonised with leading international research data so as to enable adoption of best practices and comparability of findings across participating countries around the world. It is hoped that the rich potential of MARS data from such a longitudinal study will become a pivotal source of invaluable inputs in promoting research and development opportunities, and enhancing policy making for healthy and active ageing in Malaysia.

Main Topics

  • Family support and living arrangement
  • Health, healthcare utilisation, psycho-social cognition, physical measurements
  • Work, employment and retirement
  • Income and consumption
  • Housing, savings and assets

Data and Documentation

  • Wave 1: Data Dictionary (PDF)
  • Wave 1: A Snapshot (PDF)
  • Wave 1: Key Findings (PDF)

Accessing the Data

There are two available datasets:

  • MARS Wave-1 2018/2019
  • Harmonized MARS

Researchers who wish to request for data from Malaysia Ageing and Retirement Survey (MARS), please write a formal letter of application together with a brief study proposal of not more than 300 words and complete the data request form. Kindly submit the documents to marshelpdesk@um.edu.my.

For more information about harmonized MARS data, please visit the Gateway for Global Aging.

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