Robert Fairlie


Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz

NLS user since 1995

  • 2005 "Self-Employment, Entrepreneurship and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth,"Monthly Labor Review, Special Issue Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the NLSY79, 128(2): 40-47.
  • 2002 "Drug Dealing and Legitimate Self-Employment," Journal of Labor Economics 20(3): 538-567.
  • 2003 "The Long-Term Costs of Job Displacement among Young Workers," (with Lori G. Kletzer)," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 56(4): 682-698.
  • 2010 "Home Computers and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from the NLSY97 and CPS" (with Daniel Beltran and Kuntal Das), Economic Inquiry, 48(3): 771-792.
  • 2004 "Earnings Growth among Less-Educated Business Owners," Industrial Relations, 43 (3): 634-659.
  • 2004 "Does Business Ownership Provide a Source of Upward Mobility for Blacks and Hispanics?," Entrepreneurship and Public Policy , ed., Doug Holtz-Eakin, Cambridge: MIT Press.
What I learned from NLS data

I have learned a lot by using the NLS data. I have learned how earnings grow among the business owners, and about earnings losses among displaced young workers, drug dealing and legitimate entrepreneurship, and computer use and educational outcomes.

Why I chose NLS data

There are two features about NLS data that have been very useful for my research. First, the NLS data are panel data. Second, the NLS data include very detailed information about individuals.