National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997 Cohort

NLS Youth '97 Cohort

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Men and women born in the years 1980-84
Short Title: 
NLS Youth 1997
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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997
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Core Employment Variables - Appendix 2

Variables Created

A large set of core employment variables is created using a single large program. This program is very long and is divided into two HTML files to speed downloads and viewing. The main file sections are as follows (each contained in a separate file):

Hourly Rate of Pay/Compensation and Job Length < 13 Weeks - Appendix 2

Variables Created

  • CV_HRLY PAY.xx
  • CV_JOB_13_WKS.xx (CV_JOB<13_WKS in rounds 1-6)

This program creates the hourly rate of pay for NLSY97 respondents. The hourly rate of pay is constructed from stop date information for respondents whose job lasted more than 13 weeks. For all other respondents the start wage is used. Note that hourly rate of pay is reported with two implied decimal places.

Employment Status Recode - Appendix 2

Variables Created

  • CV_ESR

Using data from the CPS section, this program creates a variable for the respondent's employment status during the week before the interview. The CPS section was included only in rounds 1, 4, and 10, so these variables are available only for those rounds.

Hours per Week at Each Job - Appendix 2

Variable Created

  • CV_HRS_PER_WEEK.xx (HOURS)--number of hours usually worked per week at each job

Current or Most Recent Employer - Appendix 2

Variable Created


For each round, this program creates a variable indicating which employer roster loop contains information for the respondent's current or most recent job (often referred to as the CPS job) at the date of the interview. If the respondent holds more than one job at the same time, the main job is the job at which he or she usually works the most hours. If hours worked are the same, the main job is the one with the earliest start date.

Veteran Status - Appendix 2

Variable Created

  • CVC_VET_STATUS--indicates whether the respondent has ever served in the active armed forces, the reserves, or the National Guard.

This program uses the military job information from the employer roster to create a variable indicating the respondent's status as a veteran.

Attachment 104 - Codebook Pages for 1998 Survey

R22689.00    [YFER-1300.01~D]                               Survey Year: 1998

Attachment 104 - Codebook Pages for 1997 Survey

R00001.00    [PUBID]                                        Survey Year: 1997

Attachment 104: Codebook Pages for Geocode and Zipcode Variables

This attachment presents codebook pages for the restricted-use NLSY97 geocode variables. These codebook pages show the answer categories, frequency distributions, and other related information for the variables available on the geocode CD. These pages are provided to help users determine whether the geocode information would be appropriate for their research needs in terms of content, sample size, etc.

Relationship to Household Parent Figures (Round 1 Parent Interview) - Appendix 3

Variables Created


This program creates variables indicating the relationship of the youth to the primary adults in the household when the youth was age 2, 6, and 12. Note that this program uses data from the Round 1 Parent Questionnaire, so it is only available for respondents who have a completed parent interview.


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