David Ribar

Professorial Research Fellow

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, Australia

NLS user since 1991

  • Koch, S. & D. Ribar. “A Siblings Analysis of the Effects of Alcohol Consumption Onset on Educational Attainment,” Contemporary Economic Policy 19:2 (April 2001), 162-74.
  • Ribar, D. “The Socioeconomic Consequences of Young Women's Childbearing: Reconciling Disparate Evidence,” Journal of Population Economics 12:4 (1999), 547-65.
  • Ribar, D. “The Effects of Teenage Fertility on Young Adult Childbearing,” Journal of Population Economics, 9:2 (1996), 197-218.
  • Ribar, D. “Teenage Fertility and High School Completion,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 76:3 (August 1994), 413-24.
  • Kenkel, D., & D. Ribar. “Alcohol Consumption and Young Adults’ Socioeconomic Status,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity—Microeconomics, (Summer 1994), 119-61.
  • Ribar, D. “A Multinomial Logit Analysis of Teenage Fertility and High School Completion,” Economics of Education Review, 12:2 (June 1993), 153-64.
Why I chose NLS data

The key feature of the NLS was the availability of prospective longitudinal information on young people's economic and demographic behavior from the time that they become "at risk" of making adult transitions. Additionally, the NLSY79 had detailed geographic measures that allowed the individual-level observations to be linked to contextual and policy variables; it also interviewed all in-range youth within each household which facilitated siblings comparisons. With these features, the NLS could support numerous advanced econometric procedures including longitudinal, siblings fixed effects, and instrumental variable analyses.