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National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY)


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DESCRIPTION: The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS), sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market experiences of groups of men and women. Each of the cohorts has been selected to represent all people living in the United States at the initial interview date and born during a given period. This selection allows weighted conclusions to be drawn about the sample group that can be generalized to represent the experiences of the larger population of U.S. residents born during the same period. Sample design procedures ensure that the labor market experiences of blacks, Hispanics, youths, women, and the economically disadvantaged can be examined. The NLS program also includes surveys of the children born to women who participate in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79). Detailed information is gathered biennially on the child's home environment and cognitive, socioemotional, and physiological development; as they get older, these young adults report on their education, workforce participation, and fertility. This unique set of national surveys offers researchers the opportunity to study large panels of men, women, and children over significant segments of their lives.

Download Young and Mature Women Files   Background

Download National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 Files   Background

Download NLSY 1979, Children and Young Adults Files   Background

Download National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 Files    Background

Download Young and Older Men Files   Background

NLS Handbook:  Provides an introduction to and overall picture of the 7 cohorts that make up the National Longitudinal Surveys: NLSY97, NLSY79 and children, Mature Women, Young Women, Older Men, and Young Men.

ORIGINATING AGENCY / PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): United States Bureau of Labor Statistics; Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) at Ohio State, Distributor.

BLS NLS Website
Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) NLS Info Page (Order data, view erratas, user guides and tutorials)
On-line NLS Bibliography prepared by CHRR
NLSY Geocode Information
NLS Newsletter
New NLS Investigator Program
NLS Handbook (Introduction to the NLSY79, NLSY97, and Original Cohort Databases)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR, Ohio State University)