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.
Ohio State University Center for Human Resource Research
This site was created at the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) at The Ohio State University to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS). The NLS is a program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. CHRR has conducted the NLS since the program began in 1965, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau (from 1965 to 2003) and NORC at the University of Chicago (from 1978 to the present).