NLS Youth '97 Cohort

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997 Cohort
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Men and women born in the years 1980-84
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NLS Youth 1997
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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997
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Errata for NLSY97 Round 20 Release

Updates to YOUTH_SIBRELY variables [posted 3/8/24]

A review of the YOUTH_SIBRELY variables has identified 35 miscoded relationships in YOUTH_SIBRELY01.01 [R1309100] and seven miscoded relationships in YOUTH_SIBRELY02.01 [R1309200]. These codes have been corrected in the latest data release.

Arrest and Incarceration Arrays - Appendix 6

There are two sets of variables related to respondent arrests and incarcerations. These event history arrays consist of monthly variables that document the number of arrests and incarcerations in each month starting at the respondent's 12th birthday. Using these arrays, researchers can extract the status of a respondent at a point in time or over time.

Schooling Event History Arrays - Appendix 6

There are three sets of schooling event history arrays; monthly grade school histories, yearly grade school histories and monthly college event histories.  Together, these three sets of information provide researchers with a complete overview of a respondent's education. Grade school histories which cover kindergarten through 12th grade are only available from rounds 2 to 12.

Program Participation Event History Arrays - Appendix 6

Program participation arrays are constructed individually for four programs--Unemployment Insurance, AFDC, Food Stamps, and WIC. These arrays were also constructed for Worker's Compensation for rounds 1 to 3. The AFDC array includes all federal and state programs created under Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or any government program for needy families that replaces AFDC.

Marital Status Event History Arrays - Appendix 6

The NLSY97 marital and cohabitation arrays record changes in the respondent's marital status and cohabitation changes on a monthly basis. The marital/cohabitation history program converts dates reported in the marriage section (beginning and ending dates of cohabitations, marriages, separations, divorces, and widowhoods) to an actual month number, using January 1980 as month #1.

Employment Event History Arrays - Appendix 6

Three employment arrays provide information on the respondent's civilian employment on a weekly basis. These arrays include information about employee jobs and self-employment; jobs reported in the freelance section are not included in the arrays. Please see the NLSY97 User's Guide for a more complete description of these job types. All employment arrays provide information starting in the month when the respondent turned 14 and ending in the week that he or she was last interviewed.

Over 40 Assets - Appendix 5

Variables Created

  • CVC_HH_NET_WORTH_40 (total net worth)
  • CVC_HOUSE_VALUE_40 (value of owned housing)
  • CVC_HOUSE_DEBT_40 (amount of housing debt)
  • CVC_HOUSE_TYPE_40 (type of housing owned)
  • CVC_ASSETS_FINANCE_40 (value of financial assets)
  • CVC_ASSETS_NONFINANCE_40 (value of non-financial assets, excluding housing)
  • CVC_ASSETS_DEBT_40 (amount of debt, excluding housing)
  • CVC_ASSETS_RND_40 (round in which assets data were collected)

Round 20 initiated the age 40

Status at Date of Interview Variables - Appendix 2

Variables Created


These programs (three short programs in one file) create variables that report specific date-of-interview information, such as where the respondent was currently employed and the hours they worked. If not employed, they were asked whether a disability was preventing them from working or looking for work.


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