Kelly Raley


Department of Sociology, University of Texas

Current member of the NLS Technical Review Committee

NLS user since 1995

  • McClendon, David, Janet Chen-Lan Kuo, and R. Kelly Raley. 2014. “Opportunities to Meet: Occupational Education and Marriage Formation in Young Adulthood.” Demography 51: 1319-1344. DOI 10.1007/s13524-014-0313-x
  • Kuo, Janet Chen-Lan and R. Kelly Raley. Forthcoming. Is it All about Money? Work Characteristics and Women’s and Men’s Marriage Formation in Early Adulthood.” Journal of Family Issues. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X14530973
  • Raley, R. Kelly, Kim, Yujin, and Kimberly Daniels. 2012. “Young adults' fertility expectations and events, Associations with college enrollment and persistence.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 74: 866-879. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00990.x
  • Raley, R. Kelly, Kathleen Mullan Harris, and Ronald R. Rindfuss. 2000. "The Quality and Comparability of Child Care Data in U.S. Surveys. Social Science Research. 29(3): 356-381. DOI: 10.1006/ssre.2000.0673
Why I chose NLS data

The NLS data sets are simply the best available to examine the interrelationship between family and work life. In particular, these data have detailed information on marriage, cohabitation, childbearing, and divorce -- important factors shaping labor supply. Detailed work histories, including occupation codes, have been very helpful to our research investigating how work shapes transitions into marriage. The large probability samples of multiple cohorts followed longitudinally make this a resource incomparable to any other for examining how macro-level economic and cultural shifts relate to the interplay between family and work life at the micro-level.