Senior Research Associate, CHRR, 1976-1980, 1982-1984
NLS user since 1971
The first thing I learned by using NLS data is how much fun it is to do research. I had gone to graduate school to get a license to teach at the college level, and anticipated going to a small liberal arts college and focusing on teaching. Ending up at Ohio State proved to be a stroke of good fortune, in retrospect. As for the research, each paper has at least one important finding, and coming up with those findings is the challenge and the pleasure of doing research.
Beginning in the fall of 1971, I was a young labor economist and demographer in the Economics Department at Ohio State, so I learned about the NLS right away and realized that it was a gold mine for an empirically-oriented person like myself. In the fall of 1976 I began as a half-time Senior Research Associate at the Center, and had the good fortune to work with coauthors like Frank Mott, Steve Sandell, and Lois Shaw. And the environment under Herb Parnes, with colleagues like Gil Nestel, was great. The NLS's detailed data on women's work experience was critical in my being able to do the work published with both Steve Sandell and Deborah Anderson.