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June 16 -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) invites economists to submit comments to OMB regarding the proposal for Round 29 of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79), by July 16, 2020.  See https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/16/2020-12936/agency-information-collection-activities-submission-for-omb-review-comment-request-national
 
Proposed changes in the NLSY79 questionnaire for Round 29 can be seen at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/DownloadDocument?objectID=100512800. Round 29 changes include new questions on the effects the coronavirus pandemic had on the employment, health, wealth, and retirement expectations of the NLSY79 cohort's lives.
 
BLS submission to OMB for NLSY79 Round 29:  https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202004-1220-003. Click IC List for forms, View Supporting Statement for narrative on uses, plans, methods, consultations with academics.
 
NLSY79 webpage: https://www.bls.gov/nls/nlsy79.htm   
NLSY79 data access for research:  https://www.nlsinfo.org/
Additional information regarding NLSY79:  NLS_INFO@bls.gov
 
The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) is a representative national sample of persons who were born in the years 1957 to 1964 and lived in the U.S. in 1978. These respondents were ages 14 to 22 when the first round of interviews began in 1979; they will be ages 55 to 62 as of December 31, 2019. The NLSY79 was conducted annually from 1979 to 1994 and has been conducted biennially since 1994. The longitudinal focus of this survey requires information to be collected from the same individuals over many years in order to trace their education, training, work experience, fertility, income, and program participation.

In addition to the main NLSY79, the biological children of female NLSY79 respondents have been surveyed since 1986. A battery of child cognitive, socio-emotional, and physiological assessments was administered biennially from 1986 until 2012 to NLSY79 mothers and their children. Starting in 1994, children who had reached age 15 by December 31 of the survey year (the Young Adults) were interviewed about their work experiences, training, schooling, health, fertility, self-esteem, and other topics. Funding for the NLSY79 Child and Young Adult surveys is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development through an interagency agreement with the BLS and through a grant awarded to researchers at the Ohio State University Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR). The interagency agreement funds data collection for children and young adults up to age 24. The grant funds data collection for young adults age 25 and older.
 
Economists on National Longitudinal Surveys Technical Review Committee:
Judith Hellerstein (Chair), Department of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
David Johnson, Research Professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
Michael Lovenheim, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
Melissa McInerney, Department of Economics, Tufts University
Jeffrey Smith, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin

AEA Guide on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections: https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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