Kenneth Wolpin


Department of Economics, Rice University

Principal Investigator, 1983-1987; Coordinator of NLSY97 questionnaire design team

NLS user since 1983

  • "Intersectoral Labor Mobility and the Growth of the Service Sector,” with Donghoon Lee, Econometrica, January 2006."
  • “The Career Decisions of Young Men," with Michael P. Keane, Journal of Political Economy, June 1997.
  • “Why Youths Drop Out of High School: The Impact of Preferences, Opportunities and Abilities,” with Zvi Eckstein, Econometrica, November 1999.
  • "Sisters, Siblings, and Mothers: The Effects of Teen-Age Childbearing on Birth Outcomes," with Mark R. Rosenzweig, Econometrica, March 1995.
  • "Parental and Public Transfers to Young Women and Their Children," with Mark R. Rosenzweig, American Economic Review, December 1994.
  • "Estimating a Market Equilibrium Search Model from Panel Data on Individuals," with Zvi Eckstein, Econometrica, July 1990.
What I learned from NLS data

Over the past 30+ years, I have used every cohort of the NLS, the four original cohorts, the '79 cohort including the children survey and the '97 cohort. It is difficult to pick out a particular finding to highlight what I have learned using NLS data from among the two dozen or so papers I have written using NLS data. What I would point out is that because of the omnibus nature of the NLS data and the innovations in survey design, I have been able to study, often in an integrated fashion, substantive policy-relevant issues related to education, employment, fertility, marriage, and child health and cognitive development.

Why I chose NLS data

I began using NLS data when I became the PI in 1983 and have used the data ever since.