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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Gaps in Employment

Created Variables

EMP_GAP_START_WEEK_XXXX.XX.The start week of a gap on a civilian job.

EMP_GAP_START_YEAR_XXXX.XX. The start year of a gap on a civilian job.

EMP_GAP_END_WEEK_XXXX.XX. The end week of a gap on a civilian job.

EMP_GAP_END_YEAR_XXXX.XX. The end year of a gap on a civilian job.

Fringe Benefits

Questions on fringe benefits are only asked of respondents who report an employee job lasting at least 13 weeks that ended after the date of their 16th birthday, or who are age 16 and over and report an on-going employee job at which they have worked at least 13 weeks. For each job meeting the above criteria, the interviewer hands the respondent a card listing typical fringe benefits (see Figure 1) and asks him or her to state the benefits available (if the interview is conducted by phone, the interviewer reads the list aloud).

Employers & Jobs

Created Variables

YEMP_UID.01, 02, etc.  Unique employer ID for Employer 1, 2, etc.

I. Employment, Unemployment, and Job Search (age restrictions as of interview date)

Dating/Sex, Marriage/Cohabitation & Fertility/Children: An Introduction

The NLSY97 survey provides data on respondents' experiences with dating and sexual activity, marriage or marriage-like relationships, pregnancy, and children. Table 1 summarizes the topics available and any global universe restrictions affecting those topics. 


Created Variables

Employment: An Introduction

NLSY97 respondents answer questions about current and previously held jobs; there is no limit to the number or types of jobs a respondent may report. These data are collected about every employer for whom the respondent worked since the last interview so that a complete picture of the respondent's employment can be constructed. Unlike earlier NLS surveys, the employment sections distinguish between four types of jobs: employee-type jobs, freelance jobs, self-employment, and military service.

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997

The NLSY97 Cohort is a longitudinal project that follows the lives of a sample of American youth born between 1980-84; 8,984 respondents were ages 12-17 when first interviewed in 1997. This ongoing cohort has been surveyed 19 times to date and is now interviewed biennially. Data are now available from Round 1 (1997-98) to Round 19 (2019-2020), along with a COVID-19 supplement fielded in 2021.


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