National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1979 Cohort

NLS Youth '79 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 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 Through Survey Years

Beginning in July 2013, the comprehensive "Employer History" roster has been made available to data users. This roster not only establishes links between employers through multiple survey years, but compiles a large amount of information about employers from one survey year to another into a single record for each employer.

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


The series of programming statements contained in this appendix were used in the standard computations for the created Highest Grade Completed (HGC) from 1990-2016 and Enrollment Status as of May 1st Survey Year variables from 1990-2006.

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.

NLSY79 Appendix 4: Job Characteristics Index 1979-1982

Included in the 1979 and 1982 surveys is a measure of perceived job characteristics developed by Sims, Szilagyi, and Keller.1 This scale, the Job Characteristics Index (JCI), is an extension of the work first begun by Turner and Lawrence in 1965.2 The JCI was preceded by an instrument developed by Hackman and Oldham known as the Job Diagnostic Survey (JDS),3 whose dimensions are also incorporated in the JCI, but in a simpler format.


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