Errata for 1979-2020 Data Release

Errata for 1979-2020 Data Release

NEWEST ERRATA

CORRECTIONS IN SOME EMPLOYER ID, CREATED, AND EVENT HISTORY VARIABLES [posted 12/22/23]

NLSY79 staff have identified a problem that affects the employer start and stop months for a small number of cases during the year 2020. These are cases in which the respondent reported an invalid skip [‘don’t know’ or ‘refuse’] for the start or stop month of employment. Users can access corrected values in R29_dkrf_emp_changes.xlsx. The corrected values will be updated in the next public release.

OTHER ERRATA

NLSY79 VARIABLES MISSING FROM PUBLIC RELEASE & ERRONEOUS VALUE [posted 8/8/2023]

A small number of NLSY79 variables are erroneously omitted from the current public release data. In addition, an erroneous outlier value is present for NFA_4C_SR000001.01 (T21649.00) in 2008.

The variables missing from the public release are represented in the table below.

Survey year (round)

Reference Number

Qname

Titles

2008 (r23)

T20762.00-T20763.00

Q13-3_SR000001 – Q13-3_SR000002

ESTIMATED INCOME FROM MILITARY SERVICE IN PAST YEAR (range)

2008 (r23)

T20789.00-T20790.00

Q13-9_SR000001 – Q13-9_SR000002

ESTIMATED AMT MONEY RECEIVED FROM FARM OR BUSINESS AFTER EXPENSES (range)

2008 (r23)

T21176.00

Q13-73D_TRUNC

TOTAL R/SPAR REC’D FROM LIFE INSURANCE SETTLEMENT IN 2007? (TRUNCATED)

2008 (r23)

T21623.00

Q13-131_SR000001

EST TOTAL MARKET VALUE OF FARM/BUSINESS/OTHER PROPERTY R/SPOUSE OWN (low range value)

2008 (r23)

T21664.01-T21664.08

NFA_4C_SR00002.01-06/11-12

EST MARKET VALUE OF VEHICLE ##

2010 (r24)

T30851.00

Q13-73D_TRUNC

TOTAL R-SPAR RECEIVED FROM LIFE INSURANCE SETTLEMENT IN 2009? (TRUNCATED)

In addition, researchers using NFA_4C_SR000001.01 should recode the outlier value of $150,000 to $15,000.

Users can access corrected values in missing_nlsy79_pubvars.xlsx. The erroneous value and missing variables will be updated in the next public release.

CORRECTIONS TO NLSY79 HOURS_WORKED_WEEK_ALL.## VARIABLES [Posted 6/14/2023]

The HOURS_WORKED_WEEK_ALL.## variables for several jobs in NLSY79 survey year 2002 (round 20) do not correctly incorporate hours for a subset of respondents reporting hours worked as teachers.

The affected variables are:

R77690.00        HOURS_WORKED_WEEK_ALL.01 (2002) (72 cases affected)
R77691.00        HOURS_WORKED_WEEK_ALL.02 (2002) (13 cases affected)
R77693.00        HOURS_WORKED_WEEK_ALL.04 (2002) (2 cases affected)

Users can access corrected values in hrs_wrk_wk_all_2002.xlsx. These values will be updated in the next public release.

NLSY79 TNFW_TRUNC 2000-2016 Additional Invalid Missing Values and Topcode Revisions [Posted 5/9/2023]

A small number of respondents for each of the most recent five NLSY79 rounds containing assets questions (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016) were assigned valid values for TNFW_TRUNC rather than -3/invalid missing values. This affected the assigned topcodes for those variables as well. In addition, the NLS program has conducted a review of income and assets topcoding and standardized these values. Adjustments have been made to a very limited number of values to reflect the current standards.

The affected variables are:

R69401.03      TNFW_TRUNC (2000)          FAMILY NET WEALTH (TRUNC) *KEY*
R83787.03      TNFW_TRUNC (2004)          FAMILY NET WEALTH (TRUNC) *KEY*
T21427.02       TNFW_TRUNC (2008)          FAMILY NET WEALTH (TRUNC) *KEY*
T40458.02       TNFW_TRUNC (2012)          FAMILY NET WEALTH (TRUNC) *KEY*
T56845.00       TNFW_TRUNC (2016)          FAMILY NET WEALTH (TRUNC) *KEY*

The following number of cases are affected for each survey year:

Survey year

Cases set to -3/Invalid missing

# values changed (includes topcode revisions)

2000

19

154

2004

19

146

2008

20

149

2012

12

138

2016

14

134

The variables listed above have been updated in the most recent public release.