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 8: Highest Grade Completed & Enrollment Status Variable Creation


Data releases since 2018 have included 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.

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.

NLSY79 Appendix 3: Job Satisfaction Measures

Included in the 1979 through 1982 NLSY79 is a measure of job satisfaction with econometric properties that make it better than the global job satisfaction measure also included in the surveys. The job satisfaction measure is a seven-item scale that has greater variance than the global satisfaction measure. The scale has been tested previously on broad cross-sections of national data.

NLSY79 Appendix 2: Total Net Family Income Variable Creation (1979-2020)

This appendix provides the creation details for the Total Net Family Income created variables. Also provided is information on the Family Poverty Status and Family Poverty Level Variables.

NLSY79 Appendix 1: Employment Status Recode Variables (1979-1998 and 2006)

Employment Status Recode (ESR) is a standard measure of the respondent's main labor force activity during the survey week (Sunday through Saturday preceding the interview date). What follows is a PL/I adaptation of a Fortran program used by the Census Bureau to create ESR for 1979-1993, for 1994 through 1998, an SPSS adaptation of the decision rules provided by the Census Bureau to create MLR using the new CAPI-generated CPS data, and for 2006, a SAS adaptation of these rules.

NLSY79 Attachment 102: Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)


FIPS 5-1 Supersedes FIPS 5 November 1, 1963


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