Mike Pergamit

Senior Fellow

Labor, Human Services, and Population Center, Urban Institute

Former Director, National Longitudinal Surveys Division, BLS

NLS user since 1986

  • Pergamit, Michael R. 1995. “Assessing the Transition from School to Work in the U.S.,” Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Vol. 12, Nos. 3&4.
  • Pergamit, Michael R. and Veum, Jonathan R. 1999. “What is a Promotion?,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, July
  • Pergamit, Michael R., Pierret, Charles R., Rothstein, Donna S., and Veum, Jonathan R. 2001. “Data Watch: The National Longitudinal Surveys,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 15, No. 2
  • Michael, Robert T. and Pergamit, Michael R. 2001. “The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 Cohort,” Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 36, No. 4
  • Huang, Lynn, Pergamit, Michael, and Shkolnik, Jamie 2001.“Initiation into the Labor Market,” Monthly Labor Review, August
  • Pergamit, Michael R and Krishnamurty, Parvati 2006. “Multi-Year Work Injury Rates,” Monthly Labor Review, May
What I learned from NLS data

From the NLS, we've learned that there is much more job mobility than people had assumed. We learned about the increasing returns to post-secondary education. Despite that, high school graduates have reasonable employment histories, but high school dropouts suffer significantly in the labor market. We learned that people get injured at work more than firm-level data indicated. And we learned that many beliefs about what you can't do in a survey, and especially a longitudinal survey, just aren't true.

Why I chose NLS data

The NLSYs are the best surveys in existence for studying most issues related to youth and the transition to adulthood. I choose it for its breadth and depth of coverage of topics that provide many opportunities for studying outcomes and providing a large set of controls as well as the longitudinal series that provides for various modeling methods.