National Longitudinal Surveys


This set of surveys is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Key links to the BLS resources are:

National Longitudinal Surveys Cohorts

  • National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth 1997 (NLSY97)
    Use the NLS Web-Investigator for data access.
        Surveys of young men and women born in the years 1980-84; respondents were ages 12-17 when first interviewed in 1997. For more information and for web-based data extraction, refer to:
  • National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)
    Use the NLS Web-Investigator for data access.
        Surveys of men and women born in the years 1957-64; respondents were ages 14-22 when first interviewed in 1979. An important set of new questions were added to the 2006 wave, questions that deal with election behavior. These questions were proposed and developed by the staff of the American National Election Studies (ANES). The ANES questions are YASR-77 through YASR-93, which appear in the "Young Adult Self-Report" section of the questionnaire.
  • NLSY79 Children and Young Adults
    Use the NLS Web-Investigator for data access.
        Surveys of the biological children of women in the NLSY79. For more information and for web-based data extraction, refer to:
  • National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Mature Women
    Use the NLS Web-Investigator for data access.
        The NLS Young Women survey includes women who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1968. The Mature Women's survey includes women who were ages 30-44 when first interviewed in 1967. The last survey of these panels was conducted in 2003. For more information and for web-based data extraction, refer to:
  • National Longitudinal Survey Young Men and Older Men
    Use the NLS Web-Investigator for data access.
        The Older Men's survey, which was discontinued in 1990, includes men who were ages 45-59 when first interviewed in 1966. The Young Men's survey, which was discontinued in 1981, includes men who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1966. For more information and for web-based data extraction, refer to:

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