NLS Youth '97 Cohort

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997 Cohort
Short Description: 
Men and women born in the years 1980-84
Short Title: 
NLS Youth 1997
Long Name: 
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997
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Created Variables

CVC_TRN_CERT. States whether the respondent received a vocational license or certificate other than a GED as a result of any training program. Created for all respondents regardless of the round's interview status.

CVC_TRN_CERT_DATE. Lists the month and year the respondent received the license or certificate. Created for all respondents regardless of the round's interview status.

School & Transcript Surveys

Created Variables

TRANS_PR_SCH_SECT. School sector of primary school (the primary school is the main school from which the transcript was primarily collected)

TRANS_PR_SCH_DIST_STUDS. Number of students in the school district (the primary school is the main school from which the transcript was primarily collected).

TRANS_PR_SCH_9_12_STUDS. Percentage of district's students in grades 9-12.

School Experience

Created Variables

CV_SCH_ATTEND_YR. Summarizes the total number of schools the respondent has attended from the 7th through 12th grades as of each round's survey date. Available through round 13.

School-Based Learning Programs

Respondents were asked in rounds 1-12 about school programs that help students learn about the world of work. Respondents reported whether their school had a day when adults came to talk about their jobs; they also reported any participation in school-based learning programs (such as internships, mentoring, etc.). After round 12, the questions are no longer asked.

Educational Status & Attainment

Created Variables

CV_ENROLLSTAT. Informs the user about whether the respondent is enrolled; whether enrolled respondents are in grades K-12 or in a 2- or 4-year college or graduate program; and what level of degree or diploma (or GED certificate) respondents have obtained. 

College Experience

Created Variables

CV_ASSOC_CREDITS and CV_BA_CREDITS. Calculates the fraction of credits toward an associate's or bachelor's degree that each respondent attending college has earned as of each round's interview date.

Household, Geography & Contextual Variables: An Introduction

The NLSY97 has collected a wide array of information on demographic, household, and neighborhood characteristics. Table 1 summarizes the topics and universe restrictions.

Education, Training & Achievement Scores: An Introduction

Data on NLSY97 respondents' educational activities, attitudes, and status are obtained in questions on schooling. These grade-appropriate questions ask about the respondent's educational experience prior to high school, in high school, and in college. 

NLSY97 data include formal training experiences of respondents outside of their regular schooling.

The school and transcript surveys gathered data about the schools in the NLSY97 sample areas and the academic records of NLSY97 respondents.

Work Experience

Created Variables

Variables created to provide work experience data vary according to the type of job the respondent has (employee versus self-employed). Table 1 has been created so that users can more easily find the appropriate variable to use. Work experience variables are created for each survey year.

Hours Spent at Work


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