Errata for 1979-2010 Data Release

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1979 Cohort

Errata for 1979-2010 Data Release

Important Information

The NLS Investigator contains the most recent release of each NLS cohort. Known problems with the current release of the NLSY79 are found below. Corrections have been made to items noted in the Errata of prior releases. For further questions, please contact NLS User Services.

NEWEST ERRATA (ADDED 8/1/2014):

Incorrect Data for 1980 and 1989 Class of Worker Variables in NLSY79 Employment History Roster

A typo occurred that caused incorrect data for Class of Worker variables for 1980 and 1989. The zip file emp_cow8089.zip contains corrected data for the variables. These corrections will be present in the next public data release.

OTHER ERRATA:

NLSY79 Errata and User Notes for NLSY79 1979-2010 Mainfile and Work History Release, March 2012

Data Errors/Updates

1) Data Correction for 2010 Foreclosure Question (March 2012)

Data for one of the 2010 questions related to foreclosures has been found to be missing a large number of cases, and was released under an incorrect question name. Data for the missing cases was collected under another question name. The data for the missing cases was inadvertently not combined and included in the release. The affected variable in the currently posted data is:

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

T30962.00

      R OR SPOUSE/PARTNER CURRENTLY OWN RESIDENCE

FORECLOSEURE8

The corrected data item will be included the next time the data is posted, with the same reference number, but under the question name "FORECLOSURE-2".

The appropriate universe for FORECLOSURE-3 is as follows:

  • Respondent/spouse/partner does not currently own the house in which the respondent lives, or the respondent doesn't know, or refuses to answer ("No/0", "Refused/-1" or "Don't Know/-2" response to FORECLOSURE-2).

The appropriate universe for FORECLOSURE-4 is as follows:

  • Respondent/spouse/partner currently owns the house in which the respondent lives ("Yes/1" response to FORECLOSURE-2), or;
  • Respondent/spouse/partner has owned a house in which respondent was living at some time between January 2007 and the interview date ("Yes/1" to FORECLOSURE-3).

The skip patterns for FORECLOSURE-2 are as follows:

  • If Respondent/spouse/partner currently own the house in which the respondent is living, then respondent goes to FORECLOSURE-4 (FORECLOSURE-2 = "Yes/1", go to FORECLOSURE-4)
  • If Respondent/spouse/partner does not currently own the house in which the respondent is living, then respondent goes to FORECLOSURE-3 (FORECLOSURE-2 = "No/0", go to FORECLOSURE-3)
  • If Respondent refuses to answer FORECLOSURE-2 or does not know the answer to FORECLOSURE-2, then respondent goes to FORECLOSURE-3 (FORECLOSURE-2 = "Refused/-1" or "Don't Know/-2", go to FORECLOSURE-3)

Users can access the corrected data for this variable in the following files: foreclosure2_fixed.zip.

2) General Health Questions Missing for 2010 (April 2012)

Data for several of the 2010 questions on respondents' general health behaviors was found to be missing from the currently posted data. The variables in question are listed below. These variables will be included the next time the data is posted.

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

  • T30249.01 Q11-GENHLTH_1A_1 FREQUENCY R ENGAGES IN VIGOROUS ACTIVITIES FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES
  • T30251.01 Q11-GENHLTH_1C_1 LENGTH OF TIME OF VIGOROUS ACTIVITIES EACH TIME
  • T30252.01 Q11-GENHLTH_2A_1 FREQUENCY R ENGAGES IN LIGHT OR MODERATE ACTIVITIES FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES
  • T30254.01 Q11-GENHLTH_2C_1 LENGTH OF TIME OF LIGHT OR MODERATE ACTIVITIES EACH TIME
  • T30255.01 Q11-GENHLTH_3A_1 FREQUENCY R ENGAGES IN STRENGTH TRAINING ACTIVITIES FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES
  • T31509.## Q11-CARE-2~###### HOUSEHOLD MEMBER(S) DISABLED OR CHRONICALLY ILL

Users can access these variables in the following file: q11_genhlth_qs_missing.zip

3) Data Error - 2010 Training Variables Missing (April 2012)

Data for several 2010 questions related to Other Training are missing from the current version of the NLSY79 1979-2010 data base. The variables missing variables are listed below. These variables will be included the next time the data is posted.

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

  • T3150000 EMP FAM GOVT PAY DLI TRN COST L1 2010 Q8-21_D.01
  • T3150100 EMP FAM GOVT PAY DLI TRN COST L2 2010 Q8-21_D.02
  • T3150200 EMP FAM GOVT PAY DLI TRN COST L3 2010 Q8-21_D.03
  • T3150300 EMP FAM GOVT PAY DLI TRN COST L4 2010 Q8-21_D.04
  • T3150500 EMP FAM GOVT NOT PAY SDLI TRN L1 2010 Q8-21_D_1.01
  • T3150600 EMP FAM GOVT NOT PAY SDLI TRN L2 2010 Q8-21_D_1.02
  • T3150700 EMP FAM GOVT NOT PAY SDLI TRN L3 2010 Q8-21_D_1.03
  • T3150800 EMP FAM GOVT NOT PAY SDLI TRN L4 2010 Q8-21_D_1.04

Users can access the corrected data for this variable in the following file: trngqs_missing.zip

4) Tenure for Employer #3 in 2010 Missing (May 2012)

The job tenure variable for employer #3 in 2010 was found to be missing from the currently posted data. The variable in question is listed below. This variable will be included the next time the data is posted.

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

T31066.00 TENURE3TOTAL TENURE (IN WEEKS) WITH EMPLOYER AS OF INTERVIEW DATE JOB #03

Users can access this variable in the following file: tenure3_2010.zip

5) Business Ownership Quality of Match Variables Missing (August 2012)

Variables reflecting the quality of match between businesses respondents have ever owned, and their past list of employers have been found to be missing from the 1979-2010 release. These variables will be included in future data postings.

The affected variables are:

  • T31511.00 QUALITY OF MATCH OF BUSINESS 1 WITH PAST EMPLOYERS REPORTED BUSOWN-MATCH-QUAL.01
  • T31512.00 QUALITY OF MATCH OF BUSINESS 2 WITH PAST EMPLOYERS REPORTED BUSOWN-MATCH-QUAL.02
  • T31513.00 QUALITY OF MATCH OF BUSINESS 3 WITH PAST EMPLOYERS REPORTED BUSOWN-MATCH-QUAL.03
  • T31514.00 QUALITY OF MATCH OF BUSINESS 4 WITH PAST EMPLOYERS REPORTED BUSOWN-MATCH-QUAL.04
  • T31515.00 QUALITY OF MATCH OF BUSINESS 5 WITH PAST EMPLOYERS REPORTED BUSOWN-MATCH-QUAL.05

Users can access theses data in the following file: busownmatchqual.zip

6) Class of Worker Variables Missing for 2010 (November 2012)

Data for the Class of Worker variables for 2010 were found to be missing from the currently posted data. The variables are listed below. These variables will be included the next time the data is posted.

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

  • R00001.00 CASEID (PUBLIC IDENTIFICATION CODE) PUBLIC_ID
  • T31865.00 CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01 COWALL-EMP.01
  • T31866.00 CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #02 COWALL-EMP.02
  • T31867.00 CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03 COWALL-EMP.03
  • T31868.00 CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #04 COWALL-EMP.04
  • T31869.00 CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #05 COWALL-EMP.05

Users can immediately access these variables in the following file: class_of_worker_2010.zip

7) Previous Employer Number Variables Missing for 2010 (November 2012)

Data for the Employer Number in Previous Survey Year variables for 2010 were found to be missing from the currently posted data. The variables are listed below. These variables will be included the next time the data is posted.

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

  • R00001.00 CASEID (PUBLIC IDENTIFICATION CODE) PUBLIC_ID
  • T31870.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #01 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.01
  • T31871.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #02 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.02
  • T31872.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #03 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.03
  • T31873.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #04 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.04
  • T31874.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #05 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.05
  • T31875.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #06 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.06
  • T31876.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #07 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.07
  • T31877.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #08 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.08
  • T31878.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #09 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.09
  • T31879.00 2010 EMPLOYER NUMBER FROM PREVIOUS SURVEY YEAR THAT MATCHES JOB #10 EMPLOYER_EMPPREVID.10

Users can immediately access these variables in the following file: empprevids_2010.zip

8) Job Information Questions Missing for 2010 (November 2012)

Data for several series of questions in the On Employers section of the 2010 questionnaire, which verifies the sequence and type of employers for the current survey period, were found to be missing from the currently posted data. The variables are listed below. These variables will be included the next time the data is posted.

Users can immediately access these variables in the following file: job_information_missing_2010.zip

9) XRND Month Began 1st Marriage Corrections

R99087.00 MONTH BEGAN 1ST MARRIAGE (MOBG1M) contains incorrect data for 17 cases.  These values inadvertently had the value 1900 added to them, as if they were two-digit year values. 

Users can correct the values for these 17 cases by subtracting 1900 from all values greater than 12, using the following logic.

if (R9908700 > 12) then R9908700  = (R9908700 – 1900)

10) 1998 Work Limitation Function and Value Labels Incorrect

An error has been identified in a skip pattern in the 1998 (round 18) survey data.  In addition, the codes in the codeblock for a 1998 variable are mislabeled.

In survey years before and after 1998, an interviewer check or machine function determines if the respondent is currently working (question Q11-2 before 1998/question Q11-1B in 1998 and after). If the respondent is not currently working, the respondent is asked if s/he has a limitation that would keep him/her from working for pay (question name Q11-3). If the respondent is currently working, Q11-3 is not asked.

In the 1998 survey, the function in Q11-1B (R63435.00) executed incorrectly. Respondents who are working are asked if they had any limitations that would keep them from working for pay (Q11-3/R63436.00), and those who are not working are not asked. In addition, the coding labels in the codeblock for Q11-1B/R63435.00 are reversed. The correct labels are listed below.

In the two subsequent questions in the series (questions Q11-4/R63437.00 and Q11-5/R63438.00), respondents are asked if they have any limitations that would limit the kind or amount (respectively) of work they could do.  For respondents who were improperly skipped over Q11-3/R63436.00, one could infer that a respondent answering “no” to Q11-4/R63437.00 and Q11-5/R63438.00 would also have answered “no” to Q11-3/R63436.00.  For respondents reporting no limitations on the kind and amount of work they can do, one could reasonably infer there is also no limitation preventing any work for pay in general.

One cannot necessarily make the opposite inference of a “yes” response to Q11-3/R63436.00  for respondents answering “yes” to limitations on the kind/amount of  of work they can do (Q11-4/R63437.00 and/or Q11-5/R63438.00). The fact that a respondent has a limitation on either kind or amount (or both) of work s/he can do does not necessarily imply a limitation that prevents any work for pay.

Listed below are:

  • the 1998 variables referenced in the discussion above;
  • the incorrect and corrected value labels in the codeblocks for R63435.00 in 1998

The reversed value labels in the codeblock for R63435.00 will be corrected with the next data release. There is no correction available for the skip error. However, examination of data from the surrounding rounds of data may shed some light on the information missing due to the error as well. An example of the correct skip pattern can be seen by looking at the same question names for survey year 2000 and beyond.

R18 (1998) variables referenced above: An error in the function at R63435.00 caused the incorrect group of respondents to be asked R63436.00.

  • R63435.00  Q11-1B   1998  WAS R WORKING IN WEEK BEFORE SURVEY WEEK?
  • R63436.00  Q11-3    1998  WOULD HEALTH PREVENT WORKING AT A JOB FOR PAY NOW?
  • R63437.00  Q11-4    1998  DOES HEALTH LIMIT KIND OF WORK R CAN DO?
  • R63438.00  Q11-5    1998  DOES HEALTH LIMIT AMOUNT OF WORK R CAN DO?

In addition, the labels for the codes in the codeblock for R63435.00 in 1998 are incorrect. 

The current codeblock is as follows:

R63435.00  Q11-1B   1998  WAS R WORKING IN WEEK BEFORE SURVEY WEEK?

WAS R WORKING IN WEEK BEFORE SURVEY WEEK?

    1683      1 CONDITION APPLIES (Go To R63437.00)
    6708      0 CONDITION DOES NOT APPLY 

   -------
    8391     

The correct codeblock is as follows:

R63435.00  Q11-1B   1998  WAS R WORKING IN WEEK BEFORE SURVEY WEEK?

WAS R WORKING IN WEEK BEFORE SURVEY WEEK?

    6708       1 CONDITION APPLIES
    1683       0 CONDITION DOES NOT APPLY   (Go To R63437.00)

    -------
    8391     

11) Class of Worker Variables for 2010 Missing from Beta Employer History Data (August 2013)

The Class of Worker variables collected in 2010 for each applicable employer were inadvertently omitted from the recently released beta version of the Employer History roster data. Reference numbers for these variables are E80501.00 - E80556.00.

These omissions will be corrected the next time the data is posted. The missing variables can be accessed in the following file: emphistory_cow2010_missing.zip.

Users wishing to merge these variables with other data should note that the public identification number (R00001.00) can be found at the end of the data files in the *.zip file.

12) “0” Codes for Class of Worker Variables Recoded  (February 2014)

In the current public data release, between survey years 1998 and 2010, a number of Class of Worker variables contain undocumented “0” codes.  Most of these “0” codes were the result of a default value not being assigned the appropriate valid missing code (“-4”) in the public data release.  A smaller subset of the “0” codes appear to be invalidly missing and should be assigned a code of “-3”.  The file called cowall0fixed.zip contains corrected data for the following variables.  These corrections will be present in the next public data release.  In addition, CHRR is investigating these codes to determine if any of them can be assigned a definitive code.

R64731.00    1998    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01     COWALL-EMP.01

R64733.00    1998    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03     COWALL-EMP.03

R65923.00    2000    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01     COWALL-EMP.01

R65924.00    2000    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #02     COWALL-EMP.02

R65925.00    2000    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03     COWALL-EMP.03

R65926.00    2000    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #04     COWALL-EMP.04

R65927.00    2000    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #05     COWALL-EMP.05

R72101.00    2002    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01     COWALL-EMP.01

R72102.00    2002    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #02     COWALL-EMP.02

R72103.00    2002    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03     COWALL-EMP.03

R72104.00    2002    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #04     COWALL-EMP.04

R72105.00    2002    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #05     COWALL-EMP.05

R78985.00    2004    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01     COWALL-EMP.01

R78986.00    2004    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #02     COWALL-EMP.02

R78987.00    2004    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03     COWALL-EMP.03

R78988.00    2004    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #04     COWALL-EMP.04

R78989.00    2004    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #05     COWALL-EMP.05

T10375.00    2006    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01     COWALL-EMP_REVISED.01

T10376.00    2006    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #02     COWALL-EMP_REVISED.02

T10377.00    2006    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03     COWALL-EMP_REVISED.03

T10378.00    2006    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #04     COWALL-EMP_REVISED.04

T10379.00    2006    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #05     COWALL-EMP_REVISED.05

T12985.00    2008    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01     COWALL-EMP.01

T12986.00    2008    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #02     COWALL-EMP.02

T12987.00    2008    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03     COWALL-EMP.03

T31865.00    2010    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #01     COWALL-EMP.01

T31866.00    2010    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #02     COWALL-EMP.02

T31867.00    2010    CLASS OF WORKER (ALL) JOB #03     COWALL-EMP.03

13) Data Addition: Preliminary Version of Compiled Incorporation Status Variables (May 2014)

Since 1994, NLSY79 questionnaires have been collecting new industry, occupation and class of worker information only for jobs that do not have previously reported descriptions, or if the respondent says the descriptions have changed.  NLSY79 data release contains computed variables called INDALL-EMP.##, OCCALL-EMP.## and COWALL-EMP.## that fill in the past industry, occupation and class of worker codes for jobs that carry over from the last interview with the same information.

The class of worker question also has additional components.  Respondents working in the government are asked about the level of government.  Self-employed respondents are asked whether the business is incorporated.  As with the main class of worker question itself, those components are also not asked if they carry over from the previous interview.  However, those components have not been compiled or filled in in the same manner that the industry, occupation and class of worker variables have been in the INDALL-EMP.##, OCCALL-EMP.## and COWALL-EMP.## variables.  Users wanting to have incorporation status variables over time comparable to the COWALL-EMP variables still need to compute them.

CHRR staff has created a preliminary set of 1994-2010 incorporation status variables (INCORPALL-EMP.##) that can be used in conjunction with the compiled class of worker variables (COWALL-EMP.##) that have been created since the 1994 survey.  The incorporation status variables are coded “1” (business is incorporated) or “0” (business is unincorporated).

CHRR plans to release a final version of the compiled incorporation status and level of government with the 1979-2012 data release scheduled for Fall 2014.

Users can access the preliminary incorporation status variables along with sas and spss  files to read them in the following file: incorp_status_all_1994_2010_prelim.zip.  These variables can be merged with other variables using the public identification number (r0000100).

Please note: The INCORPALL-EMP.## variables are filled in from past rounds as necessary (see above description).  It is possible that an incorporation status for a business would have changed since it was first reported.  Because the incorporation status for many continuing jobs was not updated each year, the possibility exists that a previously unincorporated business may have become incorporated or vice versa and that transition would not be reflected in the above variables. 

 


Documentation Errors

1) Incorrect Response Labels for 2008 and 2010 General Health Variables (May 2012)

The response set labels for some 2008 and 2010 General Health variables are incorrect in the NLSY79 (1979-2010) data base currently posted. These labels will be corrected the next time the data is posted. The affected variables are listed below with the correct response labels.

For survey year 2008 (round 23):

T20572.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7C_22008 TIME UNIT EATING FAST FOOD PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

T20574.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7D_22008 TIME UNIT EATING SNACK PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

T20576.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7E_22008 TIME UNIT SKIPPING A MEAL IN THE PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

T20578.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7F_22008 TIME UNIT HAVING SOFT DRINK OR SODA PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

T30253.00 Q11-GENHLTH_2A_22010 FREQUENCY R ENGAGES IN LIGHT OR MODERATE ACTIVITIES FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES

  1. Per day
  2. Per week
  3. Per month
  4. Per year
  5. Unable to do this activity

T30255.00 Q11-GENHLTH_2C_22010 LENGTH OF TIME OF LIGHT OR MODERATE ACTIVITIES EACH TIME

  1. Minutes
  2. Hours

T30256.00 Q11-GENHLTH_3A_22010 FREQUENCY R ENGAGES IN STRENGTH TRAINING ACTIVITIES FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES

  1. Per day
  2. Per week
  3. Per month
  4. Per year
  5. Unable to do this activity

T30276.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7C_22010 TIME UNIT EATING FAST FOOD PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

T30278.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7D_22010 TIME UNIT EATING SNACK PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

T30280.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7E_22010 TIME UNIT SKIPPING A MEAL IN THE PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

T30282.00 Q11-GENHLTH_7F_22010 TIME UNIT HAVING SOFT DRINK OR SODA PAST 7 DAYS

  1. Per day
  2. Per week

2) 2010 Philanthropy Titles Incorrect (May 2012)

Documentation for the 2010 questions regarding different types of volunteer activity are out of order in the NLSY79 (1979-2010) data base currently posted. The corrected titles are listed below. These titles will be corrected the next time the data is posted.

For survey year 2010 (round 24):

  • T24960.00 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - RELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL PHIL_2~000001
  • T24960.01 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS FOR MULTIPLE PURPOSES PHIL_2~000002
  • T24960.02 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - HELP PEOPLE IN NEED OF FOOD, SHELTER OR CLOTHING PHIL_2~000003
  • T24960.03 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - HEALTH CARE OR MEDICAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATION PHIL_2~000004
  • T24960.04 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES PHIL_2~000005
  • T24960.05 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - YOUTH, NEIGHBORHOOD OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS PHIL_2~000006
  • T24960.06 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - ARTS OR CULTURE PHIL_2~000007
  • T24960.07 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - ENVIRONMENTAL PHIL_2~000008
  • T24960.08 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - INTERNATIONAL AID OR WORLD PEACE PHIL_2~000009
  • T24960.09 CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS MADE DONATIONS - OTHER TYPE PHIL_2~000010

3) Retirement Expectation Value Labels Incorrect (August 2012)

Codes for the question regarding the reason that respondents and spouse attended retirement meetings are incorrect in the NLSY79 (1979-2010) data base currently posted. Only the value labels are in error. The data are correct. The affected variables and correct value labels are listed below. These changes will be reflected the next time the data is posted.

For survey years 2006, 2008 and 2010 (round 22, 23 and 24 respectively):

  • T09630.00 REASON SP/PA ATTENDED RETIREMENT MEETINGS 2006 RETIRE_EXP_P2_6

    • 15    1    Attendance required by employer
    • 85    2    Attendance was voluntary.
  • T21838.00 REASON SP/PA ATTENDED RETIREMENT MEETINGS 2008 RETIRE_EXP_P2_6
    • 113    1    Attendance required by employer
    • 636    2    Attendance was voluntary.
  • T30961.00 REASON SP/PA ATTENDED RETIREMENT MEETINGS 2010 RETIRE_EXP_P2_6
    • 134    1    Attendance required by employer
    • 783    2    Attendance was voluntary.

4) Total Net Family Income 2002 Comment Incorrect (March 2013)

The comment in the codeblock for R77037.00 (TOTAL NET FAMILY INCOME IN PAST CALENDAR YEAR *KEY* (TRUNC)) is incorrect in the NLSY79 (1979-2010) data base currently posted. Only the comment is in error. The affected variables and correct value labels are listed below. These will be reflected the next time the data is posted.

Current comment (incorrect): TOTAL NET FAMILY INCOME IN 2003

Corrected comment: TOTAL NET FAMILY INCOME IN 2001

5) Frequencies for H40 Source Year Missing

The frequencies for the source year variable for the 40+ Health Module are missing from the codeblock for H00002.00.  Only the frequencies are missing.  The data are correct. These will be reflected the next time the data is posted.

The correct frequencies for H00002.00  SOURCE YEAR FOR 40+ HEALTH MODULE DATA are:

H00002.00 SOURCE YEAR FOR 40+ HEALTH MODULE DATA
Source Year Frequencies
1998 1328
2000 2102
2002 2158
2004 2258 
2006  619

6) Code Missing from Biological Parent Cause of Death Frequencies

In the current NLSY79 data release, the label for the “Other (specify)” is missing from the frequencies for the following variables below.  The data are correct, only the frequency listing is incorrect.  This error will be correct the next time the data is posted.

The correct frequencies are listed, with frequencies for the missing code in italics. 

H00137.00      CAUSE OF R BIOLOGICAL FATHER’S DEATH      H50BPAR-2

176      1          Heart Attack/Stroke

  13      2          Accident

178      3          Cancer

  66      4          Old Age

  22      5          Emphysema

 185      6          Other (specify)

 640  total

 

H00148.00      CAUSE OF R BIOLOGICAL MOTHER’S DEATH    H50BPAR-7

160      1          Heart Attack/Stroke

   4      2          Accident

190     3          Cancer

 43      4          Old Age

 28      5          Emphysema

172      6          Other (specify)

597    total

 

7) NLSY79 1979 Question by Question Specification

 

8) User Note Missing from PAYRATE Variables

A note identifying the 2002-2010 PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.## variables as having a dollars and cents format (e.g. 2 implied decimal points) is missing from the codebook page for those items.  The note at the top of the codebook pages for these variables should include the line:

ACTUAL DOLLARS AND CENTS

The variables with the affected codebook pages are listed below.  The appropriate notation will be reflected the next time the data is posted.

Reference    Survey

Reference Number       Survey Year      Variable Title                     Question Name

R72463.00                  2002               RATE OF PAY JOB #01         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.01 

R72464.00                  2002               RATE OF PAY JOB #02         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.02 

R72465.00                  2002               RATE OF PAY JOB #03         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.03 

R72466.00                  2002               RATE OF PAY JOB #04         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.04 

R72467.00                  2002               RATE OF PAY JOB #05         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.05 

R79360.00                  2004               RATE OF PAY JOB #01         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.01 

R79361.00                  2004               RATE OF PAY JOB #02         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.02 

R79362.00                  2004               RATE OF PAY JOB #03         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.03 

R79363.00                  2004               RATE OF PAY JOB #04         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.04 

R79364.00                  2004               RATE OF PAY JOB #05         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.05 

T01762.00                  2006               RATE OF PAY JOB #01         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.01 

T01763.00                  2006               RATE OF PAY JOB #02         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.02 

T01764.00                  2006               RATE OF PAY JOB #03         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.03 

T01765.00                  2006               RATE OF PAY JOB #04         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.04 

T01766.00                  2006               RATE OF PAY JOB #05         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.05 

T13337.00                  2008               RATE OF PAY JOB #01         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.01 

T13338.00                  2008               RATE OF PAY JOB #02         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.02 

T13339.00                  2008               RATE OF PAY JOB #03         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.03 

T13340.00                  2008               RATE OF PAY JOB #04         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.04 

T13341.00                  2008               RATE OF PAY JOB #05         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.05 

T23550.00                  2010               RATE OF PAY JOB #01         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.01 

T23551.00                  2010               RATE OF PAY JOB #02         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.02 

T23552.00                  2010               RATE OF PAY JOB #03         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.03 

T23553.00                  2010               RATE OF PAY JOB #04         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.04 

T23554.00                  2010               RATE OF PAY JOB #05         PAYRATE-ALL-EMP.05 

9) Reversed labels for 1983 Fertility Variable

Two value labels for the 1983 fertility variable R10658.00 (FEMALE - INT CHECK 83 - R PREGNANT AT 82 INTERVIEW?) are reversed.  Currently, the labels for the “0” and “1” values are reversed.  The correct value labels and frequencies are:

5478        0    FEMALE, NOT PREGNANT AT 82 INT

  481        1    FEMALE, PREGNANT AT 82 INT

  115        2    FEMALE, NOT INTERVIEWED IN 82

These labels will be corrected when the next version of the data is posted.

 

10) Reversed Labels for 1992 Alcohol Use Variable

Value labels for the 1992 alcohol use variable R39148.00 (DRUG USE - # OF DAYS DRANK ALCOHOL IN LAST MONTH) are reversed.  The correct value labels and frequencies are:

     1833       5 LESS OFTEN THAN ONCE PER WEEK
     2076       4 1-2 DAYS PER WEEK
       902       3 3-4 DAYS PER WEEK
       358       2 5-6 DAYS PER WEEK
       174       1 EVERY DAY
     3034       0 NOT AT ALL IN THE LAST 30 DAYS

These labels will be corrected when the next version of the data is posted.

 

Last Modified Date: August 1, 2014