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What I learned from NLS data
I have learned to be diligent in reading through the user's guides and technical materials available for all surveys, including NLS data, to get the most out of them. I no longer take summary or calculated variables (like race) for granted but look carefully for the "raw material" so I can decide how to use all the information that was collected to best suit my specific research purposes.
Why I chose NLS data
A fellow Berkeley graduate student first brought my attention to the multiple measures of race in NLSY79, including two different measures of self-identification at different points in time, and annual interviewer classifications from 1979 to 1998. (Thank you, Sarah Z!)
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).