Derek Neal


Department of Economics, University of Chicago

Former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee

NLS user since 1990

  • "The Role of Premarket Factors in Black-White Wage Differences," with William R. Johnson. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 104, No. 5 (Oct., 1996), pp. 869-895.
  • "The Effects of Catholic Secondary Schooling on Educational Achievement," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 15, No. 1, Part 1. (Jan., 1997), pp. 98-123.
  • "The Complexity of Job Mobility among Young Men," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 17, No. 2 (April 1999), pp. 237-261.Download
  • "The Measured Black‐White Wage Gap among Women Is Too Small," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 112, No. S1, Papers in Honor of Sherwin Rosen: A Supplement to Volume 112 (February 2004), pp. S1-S28.Download
  • "The link between ability and specialization: An explanation for observed correlations between wages and mobility rates." Journal of Human Resources (1998): 173-200.
  • "Why Has Black–White Skill Convergence Stopped?," Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 1, (2006), pp. 511-576.
What I learned from NLS data

I learned that we cannot understand why adults have such diverse employment and earnings trajectories without going back to their youth to understand the skill and background differences that shaped how they transitioned into adulthood.