Gary Sweeten

Associate Professor

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

NLS user since 2002

  • Sweeten, Gary. 2006. “Who will graduate? Disruption of high school education by arrest and court involvement.” Justice Quarterly 23:462-480.
  • Sweeten, Gary, Shawn D. Bushway and Raymond Paternoster. 2009. “Does dropping out of school mean dropping into delinquency?” Criminology 47:47-91.
  • Apel, Robert and Gary Sweeten. 2010. “The impact of incarceration on employment during the transition to adulthood.” Social Problems 57:448-479.
  • Sweeten, Gary. 2012. “Scaling criminal offending.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 28:533-557.
  • Larson, Matthew and Gary Sweeten. 2012. “Breaking up is hard to do: Romantic dissolution, offending, and substance use during the transition to adulthood.” Criminology 50:605-636.
  • Pyrooz, David C. and Gary Sweeten. 2015. “Gang membership between ages 5 and 17 years in the United States.” Journal of Adolescent Health 56:414-419.
What I learned from NLS data

I have used NLS data for about half of my academic research. In published research using the NLSY97 I have learned about the effects of criminal justice involvement on education and employment, the extent of crimes prevented through incarceration, the effect of youth employment on deviance, the relationship between high school dropout and delinquency, the deviant consequences of romantic dissolution, and most recently, an estimate of the number of juvenile gang members in the U.S.

Why I chose NLS data

I study how adolescents successfully transition into adulthood. Because of its breadth of information over time in a representative sample of United States youth transitioning to adulthood, the NLSY is one of the premier data sources for my research.