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National Longitudinal Surveys

NLS Update

Latest News Release

NLSY97 Round 18 [May 05, 2020]: Labor Market Activity, Education, and Partner Status Among America's Young Adults at 33: Results from a Longitudinal Survey (HTML) (PDF) (Supplemental Tables)

Newest Data Release 

Data Release [DECEMBER 6, 2019]: NLSY97 Dataset.  Includes data from 1997 through 2017 (Rounds 1-18). To access public data, use NLS Investigator.

NLSY97 TIMINGS DATASET NOW AVAILABLE. A new separate dataset of variable timings has been released for the NLSY97. The timings, which measure the time of the respondent's interaction on a particular question during the interview, are mainly for questions related to sexual activity, pregnancy, smoking, drug use, delinquent behaviors, criminal activity, and expectations. To access the dataset, go to NLS Investigator and choose "NLSY97" in the cohort selection list, then choose "Select Timings." More details can be found at Item Nonresponse and Interview Timings. 

Data Release [JULY 16, 2019]: NLSY79 Child & Young Adult Dataset. Includes data from 1986 through 2016. The Child/YA cohort follows the biological children of the women in the NLSY79. To access public data, use NLS Investigator.

Cross-Cohort Dataset (Beta Version) Available: We have released an NLSY79/NLSY97 beta dataset designed to harmonize NLS data across two cohorts, allowing users added opportunities to perform cross-cohort comparisons. Initially the dataset includes interview date, reason for noninterview, age, marital status, highest grade attended, highest grade completed, and employment status, with possible expansion to over 100 variables. Fixed background variables are also included, such as sex, race, and AFQT score. See Appendix 13 of the Codebook Supplement for more information.

Data Release [February 2019]: NLSY79 1979-2016 Dataset. The NLSY79 follows the lives of a sample of Americans born between 1957-1964. The new release contains 27 rounds of data and is available to the public through NLS Investigator.


This page will be updated when new NLS data, documentation, or publications are released.

Last Modified Date: May 7, 2020