NLS Youth '79 Cohort

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1979 Cohort
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Men and women born in the years 1957-64
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NLS Youth 1979
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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1979
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NLSY79 Appendix 15: Recipiency Event History Data

The NLSY79 surveys have solicited information about program recipiency since the first round in 1979. Methods used to collect information about program recipiency from 1979-1992 and from 1993 to the present differed. These methods are described below. The variables found in the RECIPIENT MONTH and RECIPIENT YEAR areas of interest have been constructed to provide users with a more straightforward sequence of variables containing monthly and yearly receipt amounts (if any) and flags for the survey year in which the data was reported.

NLSY79 Appendix 14: Instrument Rosters

Instrument Rosters

In the paper and pencil (PAPI) questionnaires administered from 1979-1992, basic information about specific types of subjects (household members, children, etc.) was often recorded in a table or grid structure, and subsequently stored in a similar format. With computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI), expanded electronic versions of these grids and tables were implemented.

NLSY79 Appendix 13: Intro to CAPI Questionnaires and Codebooks

This appendix details the development of the NLSY79 questionnaires and codebooks.

NLSY79 Appendix 12: Most Important Job Learning Activities (1993-94)

Respondents were asked in 1993 and in 1994 to identify the activities most important in helping them to learn how to perform their current or most recent job duties, and in helping them to learn about how work place changes would affect their jobs.


NLSY79 Appendix 11: Round 12 (1990) Survey Administration Methods

Round 12 of the NLSY79 survey incorporated a large-scale experiment involving comparison between PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interviewing) and CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) methods of interviewing, in anticipation of a possible conversion to CAPI-only data collection in the future.

NLSY79 Appendix 9: Linking Employers from OnJobs Section to Employer Supplement and Through Survey Years

This appendix contains several components:

NLSY79 Appendix 8: Highest Grade Completed & Enrollment Status Variable Creation


The 2018 data release includes a created variable depicting the Highest Grade Ever Completed (HGC_EVER), found in the KEY VARIABLES area of interest. This XRND variable incorporates information through the respondent's most recent interview and will be updated each round. The program that created this variable is accessible through a link at the end of this appendix.

NLSY79 Appendix 7: Unemployment Rate

The NLSY79 unemployment rate variables are constructed using state and area labor force data from the May publication of Employment and Earnings for the month of March of each survey year. Employment and Earnings is published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and lists the civilian labor force and number of unemployed persons for every state and selected metropolitan areas.


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