Lance Lochner

Professor & Director, CIBC Centre for Human Capital and Productivity

Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario

Current member of the NLS Technical Review Committee

NLS user since 1996

  • Dahl, Gordon and Lance Lochner, “The Impact of Family Income on Child Achievement: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit,” American Economic Review, 102(5), August 2012:1927-1956.
  • Lochner, Lance, and Alexander Monge-Naranjo, “The Nature of Credit Constraints and Human Capital,” American Economic Review, 101(6), October 2011: 2487-2529.
  • Belley, Philippe, and Lance Lochner, “The Changing Role of Family Income and Ability in Determining Educational Achievement,” Journal of Human Capital, 1(1), Winter 2007: 37-89.
  • Lochner, Lance, “Individual Perceptions of the Criminal Justice System,” American Economic Review, 97(1) March 2007.
  • Lochner, Lance, “Education, Work, and Crime: A Human Capital Approach,” International Economic Review, 45 (3) August 2004: 811-843.
  • Lochner, Lance and Enrico Moretti, “The Effect of Education on Crime: Evidence from Prison Inmates, Arrests, and Self-Reports,” American Economic Review, 94(1), March 2004: 155-189.
What I learned from NLS data

Money does matter, and it appears to matter more today than it did a few decades ago. Increases in family income lead to real improvements in child development, as evidenced by cognitive achievement measures in the NLSY. Furthermore, the relationship between family income and college attendance, conditional on parental education and achievement as well as other background factors, has strengthened between cohorts finishing high school in the 1980s (NLSY79) and those finishing in the early 2000s (NLSY97).

Why I chose NLS data

The NLSY data contain large samples of youth with a wealth of family characteristics and measures of cognitive achievement, which is (still) uncommon in panel data. It also contains a wealth of interesting outcomes to study, including criminal activity, child development, educational attainment, and labor market success.