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National Longitudinal Surveys

NLS Update

Latest News Release

NLSY79 Round 28 [August 31, 2021]: Number of Jobs, Labor Market Activity, Marital Status, and Health: Results from a National Longitudinal Survey (HTML) (PDF) (Supplemental Tables)

Newest Data Release 

NEW Data Release [November 1, 2021]: NLSY97 Dataset.  Includes data from 1997 through 2019 (Rounds 1-19). To access public data, use NLS Investigator.

NEW Data Release [August 27, 2021]: NLSY97 COVID Supplement.  A short NLSY97 COVID survey was fielded in the first half of 2021 to document the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the employment and health of the NLSY97 cohort. This data set is now available on NLS Investigator.  More information can be found in Appendix 14: NLSY97 COVID Supplement.

Data Release [February 5, 2021]: NLSY79 Child & Young Adult Dataset. Includes data from 1986 through 2018. The Child/YA cohort follows the biological children of the women in the NLSY79. To access public data, use NLS Investigator.

Data Release [January 6, 2021]: NLSY79 1979-2018 Dataset. The NLSY79 follows the lives of a sample of Americans born between 1957-1964. The new release contains 28 rounds of data and is available to the public through 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.

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

Last Modified Date: January 6, 2022