Shelly Lundberg

Broom Professor of Demography

Department of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara

Former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee

NLS user since 1988

  • “Decision-making by Children,” (with Jennifer Romich and Kwok Ping Tsang), Review of Economics of the Household, March 2009, 7: 1-30.
  • “Independence Giving or Autonomy Taking? Childhood Predictors of Decision-Making Patterns Between Young Adolescents and Parents,” (with Jennifer Romich and Kwok Ping Tsang), Journal of Research on Adolescence, December 2009, 19(4): 587-600.
  • “How Does Adolescent Fertility Affect the Human Capital and Wages of Young Women?” (with Daniel Klepinger and Robert Plotnick), Journal of Human Resources, Summer 1999, 421-448.
  • “Adolescent Premarital Childbearing: Do Economic Incentives Matter?” (with Robert Plotnick), Journal of Labor Economics, April 1995, 177-200.
  • “Adolescent Fertility and the Educational Attainment of Young Adult Women,” (with Daniel Klepinger and Robert Plotnick), Family Planning Perspectives., January/February 1995, 23-28.
  • “State Policy on Welfare, Abortion, and Family Planning and Premarital Childbearing Among White Adolescents,” (joint with Robert Plotnick), Family Planning Perspectives, November 1990, 246-251.
What I learned from NLS data

In the mid-90s, Bob Plotnick and I examined the determinants of adolescent premarital childbearing using an extensive set of state and county indicators of the costs and benefits of fertility control, pregnancy resolution, and pre-birth marriage, finding significant incentive effects on premarital fertility for white, but not black, NLSY samples.

Why I chose NLS data

The rich data in the NLSY79 Child Supplement, including child reports of decision-making and psychological and cognitive traits, enabled my coauthors and me to examine the development of child agency within the family in a way that no other data source would have supported.