Donna Gilleskie


Department of Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

NLS user since 2000

  • Gilleskie, Donna and Byron Lutz. 2002. “The Impact of Employer-Provided Health Insurance on Dynamic Employment Transitions.” Journal of Human Resources 37(1), Winter: 129-162
  • Gilleskie, Donna, Euna Han, and Edward Norton. “Disentangling the Contemporaneous and Life-Cycle Effects of Body Mass on Earnings Using Longitudinal Data.” (in progress)
What I learned from NLS data

The panel nature of this data set is wonderful. Having information on individuals over time is useful for accurately determining the role of causal influences on behavior as distinct from correlation. It also allows for the analysis of dynamic behaviors, which encompass just about everything that we do. I am currently examining the role of body mass on wages through the lifecycle channels of education, employment, marriage, and children.

Why I chose NLS data

Very few nationally representative datasets have information on individuals for 20+ years. NLSY, for example, has very detailed education, employment, marriage, and children information.