Former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee; former Research Associate, CHRR
NLS user since 1973
In Blau and Graham (1990), NLS data enabled us to document and analyze the dramatic differences in wealth between black and white young adults (far in excess of wage disparities). We found that, even controlling for race differences in income and other demographic factors, as much as 3/4 of the wealth remained unexplained. In Blau and Kahn (1981), we examined gender differences in quit rates providing evidence that, although at that time women were more likely than men to quit their jobs, on average, after controlling for gender differences in individual and, importantly, job characteristics, they were no more likely to quit their jobs than their male counterparts.
In a number of my projects, the NLS provided crucial information, not available elsewhere due to its longitudinal nature and detailed questions. For example, in Blau and Grossberg (1992) we were able to combine information on respondents and their children to examine the effects of mothers working on the cognitive outcomes of their children.