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Are NLS legitimate surveys?

Yes! For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.  These surveys are approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and follow federal confidentiality laws.

The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. Learn more about different NLS Cohorts.

Is the NLSY97 COVID-19 Pandemic Survey an approved NLS Survey?

Yes! This collection has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This eight-digit OMB approval number, 0607-1013, confirms this approval and expires on 10/31/2023. We are required to display this number to conduct this survey. The NLSY97 COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement is a 12 to 15-minute online survey studying how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting households across the country from a health and economic perspective. This short survey will focus on current employment, employment disruptions over the past 12 months, financial hardship, childcare, and health. The survey asks questions about how employment, health, education and childcare have been affected by the ongoing crisis.  

In order to support the nation’s recovery, we need to know the ways this pandemic has affected peoples’ lives and livelihoods. Data from this survey will show the widespread effects of the coronavirus pandemic on individuals, families, and communities across the country. These data will then be connected to answers from your usual biennial survey, giving researchers a more complete picture of the effects of the pandemic on Americans.

Your participation will help federal and state officials to direct aid, assistance, and support to the people and places that need it most. This survey provides information that cannot be collected elsewhere. Your response is crucial to study of long-term effects on labor market outcomes from short-term labor market disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Thank you for your participation in the NLS!

Last Modified Date: January 19, 2021