Shawn Bushway


Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY)

Current member of the NLS Technical Review Committee

NLS user since 1999

  • Brame, Robert; Shawn Bushway, Raymond Paternoster and Michael Turner (2014) “Demographic Patterns of Cumulative Arrest Prevalence By Ages 18 and 23.” Crime and Delinquency. Online first
  • Brame, Robert; Michael Turner, Raymond Paternoster and Shawn Bushway. (2012). “Cumulative Prevalence of Arrest from Ages 8-23 in a National Sample.” Pediatrics 129:1:21-27.
  • Sweeten, Gary, Shawn D. Bushway, and Raymond Paternoster (2009). “Does Dropping Out of School Mean Dropping into Delinquency?” Criminology 47:1:47-91.
  • Apel, Robert, Shawn D. Bushway, Raymond Paternoster, Robert Brame, and Gary Sweeten (2008). “Using State Child Labor Laws to Identify the Causal Effect of Youth Employment on Deviant Behavior and Academic Achievement.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology. 24:4:337-362.
  • Apel, Robert, Robert Brame, Shawn Bushway, Amelia Haviland, Daniel Nagin, Raymond Paternoster (2007). “Unpacking the Relationship Between Adolescent Employment and Antisocial Behavior: A Matched Samples Comparison,” Criminology 45:1: 67–97.
  • Paternoster, Raymond; Shawn Bushway, Robert Brame and Robert Apel (2003). “The Effect of Teenage Employment on Delinquency and Problem Behaviors,” Social Forces 82:297-335.
What I learned from NLS data

I have learned that arrest is a far more common experience than most people believe (30% of people arrested at least once by age 23!) The NLSY97 is the only nationally representative longitudinal dataset with questions about arrest and conviction experiences.

I have also learned that the longitudinal design of the data creates the opportunity to use important controls for unobserved differences (fixed effects, instrumental variables) that change what we know about important questions such as the impact of work or fertility on crime.

Why I chose NLS data

I had worked with the National Youth Survey to study the relationship between work and crime. A colleague mentioned way back in 1998 that the new NLSY had included crime/arrest questions. I immediately started to look for ways to access the data, and got lucky when I received a small contract from BLS to study the crime questions in waves 1 and 2 when I was an assistant professor.