Lisa Lynch

Interim President and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy

Brandeis University

CHRR staff member; former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee; member of NLSY97 desgin committee

NLS user since 1983

  • Lynch, Lisa M. "The Youth Labor Market in the 80's: Determinants of Re -employment Probabilities for Young Men and Women", Review of Economics and Statistics, Feb.1989, pp. 37-45.
  • Lynch, Lisa M. "Private Sector Training and its Impact on the Earnings of Young Workers", American Economic Review, March, 1992 pp. 299-312.
  • Lynch, Lisa M. "The Role of Off-the-Job versus On-the-Job Training for the Job Mobility of Women Workers", American Economic Review, May 1991, pp. 151-156.
  • Lynch, Lisa M. "The Economics of Youth Training in the United States", The Economic Journal, November 1993.
  • Imbens, Guido and Lynch, Lisa M. "Re-employment Probabilities Over the Business Cycle", Portuguese Economic Journal, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 111-134, August, 2006.
  • Lynch, Lisa M., editor, Training and the Private Sector: International Comparisons. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
What I learned from NLS data

Using data from the NLSY79, I was able to examine the relative importance of training and job tenure for wage determination and the rate of return to company-provided training compared to the rate of return to training received outside the firm and schooling. I also used the NLSY79 (with G. Imbens) to examine re-employment probabilities for young people from 1978-1989. This analysis explored the impact of seasonal and business cycle effects as well as individual characteristics on the probability of finding a job. We find considerable changes in the chances of young workers finding jobs over the business cycle. Living in an area with high local unemployment reduces re-employment chances as does being in a long spell of non-employment. However, we find that while workers appear to be scarred by a long spell of unemployment, the damage seems to be reduced if they are unemployed in an area with high overall unemployment.

Why I chose NLS data

The ability in the NLSY79 to track week to week movements in employment status, school enrollment, and training spells by demographic group allowed an much more in-depth and nuanced analysis and understanding of the school to work transition.