Donna Rothstein

Research Economist

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Research economist in the NLS program at the BLS

NLS user since 1994

  • "Do Cognitive Skills Moderate the Influence of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Subsequent Educational Attainment?" (with Alison Aughinbaugh). 2014. Economics of Education Review, 44: pp. 83-9.
  • “Breastfeeding and Children’s Early Cognitive Outcomes.” 2013. Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(3): pp. 919-31.
  • "Can't Get There from Here: The Decision to Apply to a Selective College" (with Amanda L. Griffith). 2009. Economics of Education Review, 28(5): pp. 620-28.
  • "High School Employment and Youths' Academic Achievement." 2007. Journal of Human Resources, 42(1): pp. 194-213.
  • "School-to-Career Programs and Transitions to Employment and Higher Education." (with David Neumark). 2006. Economics of Education Review, 25: pp. 374-93.
  • "The Impact of Family Structure Transitions on Youth Achievement: Evidence from the Children of the NLSY79" (with Alison Aughinbaugh and Charles R. Pierret). August 2005. Demography, 42(3): pp. 447-68.
Why I chose NLS data

I first discovered the NLS when I was searching for data for my dissertation for an employment-related topic, and chose the NLSY79. The employment histories in the NLSY79 and NLSY97 are unrivaled, in my opinion. Where else can one find an extensive longitudinal history of employment from the teenage years and on? Since then I have used the NLSY79, NLSY97, and matched mother/child NLSY79 data for research projects.