Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 15 No. 2 (Spring 2001)


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The National Longitudinal Surveys

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Pergamit, Michael R., Charles R. Pierret, Donna S. Rothstein, and Jonathan R. Veum. 2001. "The National Longitudinal Surveys." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(2): 239-253.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.15.2.239


This article describes the design features and topical coverage of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS). The NLS are perhaps the oldest and most widely used panel surveys of individuals in the United States. These surveys were started in the mid-1960s to exam employment issues faced by different cohorts of the U.S. population. Since then, the NLS surveys have expanded to include two new cohorts of youth. Survey topic areas include employment, education, training, family relationships, financial well-being, and health. Information on data access is also provided.

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Pergamit, Michael R. (National Opinion Research Center, Washington, DC)
Pierret, Charles R. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Rothstein, Donna S. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Veum, Jonathan R. (Freddie Mac)

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C83: Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J10: Demographic Economics: General
J20: Demand and Suppply of Labor: General
D10: Household Behavior: General
I10: Health: General
I20: Education and Research Institutions: General


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