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Study Report

Study Number: CA-005-045-9-1-United States-OHIO-1979

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: National longitudinal surveys of labor market experience, youth cohort: 1979-2006.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Columbus, OH: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: NLSY79Round22

Date Accessioned: 12/2/2008

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: Users can access the codebook and data via NLS Web Investigator.

Access Status: Unrestricted

Date Ordered: 12/2/2008

Documentation: NLSY 79 user's guide (2004 version) can be viewed at this link. For additonal information about NLSY79, visit this site.

Abstract: The NLSY79 is a nationally representative sample of 12,686 young men and women who were 14-22 years old when they were first surveyed in 1979. These individuals are now in their thirties to early forties, and have been interviewed for almost two decades. Since their first interview, many of the respondents have made both the transitions from school to work, and from their parent's home to becoming parents and homeowners. Data collected yearly chronicle these changes and provide researchers an opportunity to study in great detail the experiences of a large group of young adults who can be considered representative of all American men and women born in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A key feature of this survey is that it gathers information in an event history format, in which dates are collected for the beginning and ending of important life events. Labor force activity is detailed in this manner. Information includes the start and stop dates for each job held since the last interview, periods in which individuals are not working but still with an employer (called within-job gaps), and labor market activities (looking for work, out of the labor force) during gaps between jobs. Because individuals' work histories are collected in this manner, measures of actual labor market experience, tenure with a specific employer, and employer mobility are easily calculated. Additional information collected in the event-history format includes marital status, fertility, and participation in government assistance programs such as unemployment insurance and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Although a primary focus of the NLSY79 is labor force behavior, the actual content of the NLSY79 is considerably broader. The NLSY79 contains an expansive set of questions ranging from child-care costs to welfare receipt. For example the survey includes detailed question on educational attainment, training investments, income and assets, health conditions, workplace injuries, insurance converage, alcohol and substance abuse, sexual activity, and marital and fertility histories. Additional labor force information includes hours worked, earnings, occuption, industry, benefits, and other specific job characteristics. Moreover, greatly enhancing the data, the NLSY79 includes an aptitude measure administered to the youth, a school survey, and high school transcript information. An aptitude indicator, the full Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) was administered to 94 percent of the sample respondents in 1980. The ASVB consists of a series of 10 tests measuring knowledge and skill in areas such as mathematics and language. In 1980, a survey of the secondary schools attended by NLSY79 respondents was conducted. Information gathered in the survey included school-level characteristics as well as respondent-specific information such as achievement test scores. In 1980-1983, the NLSY79 collected detailed transcript information for potential high school graduates that included coursework, grades, and attendance records. (This abstract is taken from BLS NLS Web site.)

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