Andrew McGee

Assistant Professor

Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University

NLS user since 2008

  • McGee, Andrew, Peter McGee and Jessica Pan. “Performance pay, competitiveness, and the gender wage gap: evidence from the United States.” Economics Letters, Vol. 128 (January 2015), pp. 35-38.
  • Light, Audrey and Andrew McGee. “Does Employer Learning Vary by Schooling Attainment? The Answer Depends on How Career Start Dates are Defined.” Labour Economics, Vol. 32 (January 2015), pp. 57-66.
  • Light, Audrey and Andrew McGee. “Employer Learning and the ‘Importance’ of Skills.” Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 50 (January 2015), pp. 72-107.
  • McGee, Andrew. “How the Perception of Control Influences Unemployed Job Search.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 68 (January 2015), pp. 184-211.
  • McGee, Andrew. “Skills, Standards, and Disabilities: How Youth with Learning Disabilities Fare in High School and Beyond.” Economics of Education Review, Vol. 30 (February 2011), pp. 109-129.
What I learned from NLS data

I've learned that people's lives are messy and complicated and that one needs data like the NLS to keep track of it all. They go to school, drop out, work, return to school, get married, have children, start businesses, get promoted, etc. Understanding all of these events requires a survey that collects information in a very thoughtful manner, and this is what the NLS delivers.

Why I chose NLS data

I frequently find myself wondering where I can find data to answer often very different questions. Time and time again, the NLS proves to be the right place to look. It combines the detailed information on work history that one might get from administrative data with the sort of richly detailed information on the respondents that one can get nowhere else. Indeed, it never ceases to amaze me what one can find in the NLS.