NLS is pleased to have begun the process of planning a new cohort. With the anticipation that its first interviews will be conducted in 2026, we have tentatively named this new cohort the NLSY26. Collecting longitudinal data for the NLSY26 will enable researchers to examine how the lessons learned using previous NLS data may have changed over time, as well as permitting the study of new factors affecting the lives and labor market outcomes of a new generation.
As in previous NLS cohorts, BLS plans to ask NLSY26 cohort members a core set of questions that provide extensive information on employment, training, education, income, assets, marital status, fertility, health, attitudes toward work, and occupational and geographical mobility, as well as administering a set of cognitive assessments. Additional areas of inquiry and assessment are currently being considered as the NLS program consults with its stakeholders and subject matter experts in a range of relevant fields.
In 2020, Congress directed BLS to “initiate spending on the planning and development of a new National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) cohort.”
FY 2021: Outreach to other agencies and to NLSY data community
FY 2022: Design work-including sampling methodology, survey methods, questionnaire, and dissemination
Work with partners to establish basic parameters like sample size, ages, oversamples, content
FY 2023: Survey development
FY 2024: Systems development
FY 2025: Pre-test fielded, prep for screening
FY 2026: Screening and Round 1 data collection
Contact the NLS about the NLSY26
Last Modified Date: January 6, 2022