About the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS)

The NLS, sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, are nationally representative surveys that follow the same sample of individuals from specific birth cohorts over time. The surveys collect data on labor market activity, schooling, fertility, program participation, health, and much, much more. Choose a cohort below to learn more.

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Explore the Tutorials

Learn how to approach research projects, search for and extract data, and then program with NLS data.


Introduction to the Investigator

Learn how to use the online NLS data search and extraction site to create your own data sets.


NLS Learning Opportunities

Check out this page for upcoming NLS workshops and information about conferences where NLS User Services staff will be available to answer your NLS questions.

Latest Information from the NLS

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Now available:

  • Now Released: NLSY79 1979-2012 dataset
  • Updated NLSY79 data release including new AFQT items, z scores and percentiles. To find these items in Investigator, search Area of Interest ASVAB.
  • Seven Round 25 (2012) variables pertaining to respondents' childhood health and adversity. View the NLSY79 Errata page for further information.
  • Data from rounds 1-15 of the NLSY97 available.

Visit NLS Investigator to explore and download data.


The latest issue of NLS News is available here. Highlights include:

  • Released: Mortality Variables for the NLS Original Cohorts
  • NLS-Related Presentations Make Strong Showing at 2014 PAA Annual Meeting
  • Econometric Society Honors NLS Research