Zvi Eckstein


School of Economics, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Israel

NLS user since 1985

  • Z. Eckstein and K.I. Wolpin, "Estimating a Market Equilibrium Search Model from Panel Data on Individuals," Econometrica, Vol.58, 1990, 783 808.
  • Z. Eckstein and K. Wolpin, "Duration to First Job and the Return to Schooling: Estimates from a Search Matching Model" , Review of Economic Studies, 1995, 62, 263-286.
  • Z. Eckstein and K.I. Wolpin, "Estimating the Effect of Labor Market Discrimination on First Job Wage Offers", Review of Economics and Statistics, 81(3), 1999, 384-392.
  • Z. Eckstein and K.I. Wolpin, “Why Youth Drop out of High School: The Impact of Preferences, Opportunities and Abilities”, Econometrica 67 no.6, 1999, 1295-1339.
  • A. J. Bowlus and Z. Eckstein, “Discrimination and Skill Differences in an Equilibrium Search Model”, International Economic Review, Vol.43.4, 2002, 1309-1346.
  • Z. Eckstein, S. Ge and B. Petrongolo, "Job and Wage Mobility with the Minimum Wage and Imperfect Compliance ", Journal of Applied Economics, Vol. 26/ 4, June 2011, pp. 580–612.
What I learned from NLS data

We have learned that panel data is essential for understanding the dynamics of individual choices over their lifetime. Mainly, understanding the impact of incentives in affecting the main career changes in and out of school, in and out of marriage and the process of raising children.

Why I chose NLS data

This is the best world-wide source of data that follows individuals from the time they reach the age of independent decision making to their age of forming a family and stable job. This panel enable us to learn about the main forces that shape this process and how different incentives make the change and an impact on the individual and the society.