Mikaela Dufur

Associate Professor

Brigham Young University

NLS user since 1995

  • Parcel, Toby L. and Mikaela J. Dufur. 2009. "Family and School Capital: Explaining Regional Variation in Math and Reading Achievement." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 27(3): 157-176.
  • Dufur, Mikaela J., Toby L. Parcel, and Benjamin A. McKune. 2008. “Capital and Context: Using Social Capital at Home and School to Predict Child Social Adjustment.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 49: 146-161.
  • Hoffmann, John P., Mikaela J. Dufur, and Lynn Huang. 2007. “Drug Use and Job Quits: A Longitudinal Analysis.” Journal of Drug Issues 37: 569-596.
  • Parcel, Toby L. and Mikaela J. Dufur. 2001. “Capital at Home and at School: Effects on Student Achievement.” Social Forces 79(3): 881-912.
  • Parcel, Toby L. and Mikaela J. Dufur. 2001. "Capital at Home and at School: Effects on Child Social Adjustment." Journal of Marriage and Family 63: 32-47.
  • Parcel, Toby L., Rebecca A. Nickoll, and Mikaela J. Dufur. 1996. “The Effects of Parental Work and Maternal Nonemployment on Children’s Reading and Math Achievement.” Work and Occupations 23(4): 461-483.
What I learned from NLS data

We've learned that children can build social capital both through their families and through their schools, and that the social resources they have in both of those settings help them grow both academically and socially.

Why I chose NLS data

I've been drawn to both the multigenerational nature of the NLSY79, which has information about respondents' parents and children as well as the respondents themselves, as well as the ability to compare cohort effects using both the NLSY79 and the NLSY97. I'm also always amazed by the richness of the available data and the ability to use multiple measures of concepts to assure better matches to theoretical points.