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The NLSY97

The NLSY97 consists of a nationally representative sample of approximately 9,000 youths who were 12 to 16 years old as of December 31, 1996. Round 1 of the survey took place in 1997. In that round, both the eligible youth and one of that youth's parents received hour-long personal interviews. Youths continue to be interviewed on an annual basis. [More]

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NLSY97 Press Releases

  • April 17, 2018: Labor Market Activity, Education, and Partner Status Among America's Young Adults at 31: Results from a Longitudinal Survey [NLSY97 Round 17] (HTML) (PDF) (Supplemental Tables)
  • April 8, 2016: Labor Market Activity, Education, and Partner Status Among America's Young Adults at 29: Results from a Longitudinal Survey [NLSY97 Round 16] (HTML) (PDF)
  • March 26, 2014: America's Young Adults at 27: Labor Market Activity, Education, and Household Composition: Results from a Longitudinal Survey [NLSY97 Round 15] (HTML) (PDF)
  • March 1, 2013: America's Young Adults at 25: School Enrollment, Number of Jobs Held and Labor Market Activity: Results from a Longitudinal Survey [NLSY97 Round 14] (HTML) (PDF)
  • February 9, 2012: America's Young Adults at 24: School Enrollment, Training and Employment Transitions between ages 23 and 24 [NLSY97 Round 13] (HTML) (PDF)
  • February 9, 2011: America's Young Adults at 23: School Enrollment, Training and Employment Transitions between ages 22 and 23 [NLSY97 Round 12] (HTML) (PDF)
  • January 28, 2010: America's Youth at 22: School Enrollment, Training and Employment Transitions between ages 21 and 22 [NLSY97 Round 11] (HTML) (PDF)
  • January 23, 2009: America's Youth at 21: School Enrollment, Training and Employment Transitions between ages 20 and 21 [NLSY97 Round 10] (HTML) (PDF)
  • January 23, 2008: America's Youth at 20: School Enrollment and Employment Transitions between ages 19 and 20 [NLSY97 Round 9] (HTML) (PDF)
  • March 27, 2007: America's Youth at 19: School Enrollment, Training and Employment Transitions between ages 18 and 19 [NLSY97 Round 8] (HTML) (PDF)
  • February 24, 2006: America's Youth at 18: School Enrollment and Employment Transitions between ages 17 and 18 [NLSY97 Round 7] (HTML) (PDF)
  • April 27, 2005: Work Activity of High School Students: Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 [NLSY97 Round 6] (HTML) (PDF)
  • February 18, 2004: Employment of Teenagers During the School Year and Summer [NLSY97 Round 5] (HTML) (PDF 61K)
  • January 31, 2003: Employment Experience of Youths During the School Year and Summer [Round 4](HTML) (PDF 368K)
  • December 20, 2001: Employment Experience of Youths: Results from the First Three Years of a Longitudinal Survey [NLSY97 Round 3] (TXT) (PDF 341K)
  • December 7, 2000: Employment Experience of Youths: Results from a Longitudinal Survey [NLSY97 Round 2] (TXT) (PDF 38K)
  • April 30, 1999: Employment Experience and Other Characteristics of Youths: Results from a New Longitudinal Survey [NLSY97 Round 1] (TXT) (PDF 38K)

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Last Modified Date: November 19, 2019