Jay Zagorsky

Research Scientist

Center for Human Resource Research, The Ohio State University

current member of survey staff

NLS user since 1995

  • “Do People Save or Spend Their Inheritances? Understanding What Happens to Inherited Wealth” Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 2012
  • “Do You Have to be Smart to be Rich? The Impact of IQ on Wealth, Income and Financial Distress” Intelligence, Vol. 35, No. 5, 2007
  • “The Effect of Marriage and Divorce on Wealth” Journal of Sociology, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2005
  • “The Freshman 15: A Critical Time for Obesity Intervention or Media Myth?” Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 92, No. 5, Dec. 2011 (Joint with Patricia K. Smith)
  • “Health and Wealth the Late-20th Century Obesity Epidemic in the U.S.” Economics and Human Biology, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2005
  • “The Wealth Effects of Smoking” Tobacco Control, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004
What I learned from NLS data

I have learned two things. First, respondents in a voluntary survey have shown that people can be incredibly generous with their time and information. Second, you don't have to be smart (i.e. have a high IQ) to be rich.

Why I chose NLS data

I use the NLS because it has unique data that do not exist in other surveys, such as extensive health data and wealth data.