NLS 50th Anniversary Conference

September 17, 2015, 8:30-3:00 (Washington, DC)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics sponsored a one-day conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS). Conference presentations focused on the past, current, and future value of NLS data for addressing important policy questions. 

Where available, links to video and the presentation slides are included below.


    • Opening remarks
    • Erica Groshen, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics (video)
    • Keynote: Understanding 50 Years of Contributions from the NLS and Envisioning its Future
    • Michael Horrigan, Bureau of Labor Statistics (PowerPoint) (video)
    • Dan A. Black, University of Chicago, NORC at the University of Chicago (PowerPoint) (Video)
    • Round Table Discussion: Government and Private Sector Uses of the NLS
      Moderator: Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland (video1) (video2)
    • H. Elizabeth Peters, Urban Institute (Video)
      Brian Harris-Kojetin, National Academy of Sciences, CNSTAT (PowerPoint) (Video)
      Rebecca L. Clark, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (PowerPoint) (Video)
      Howard N. Snyder, Bureau of Justice Statistics (PowerPoint) (Video)
    • Research Session: Data Innovations and Recent Findings from the NLS
      Chair: Jeffrey Groen, Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Labor Markets: Audrey Light, The Ohio State University
      Skill Formation: Sergio Urzua, University of Maryland
      Education: R. Kelly Raley, University of Texas at Austin

For more information about the conference, visit the NLS 50th Anniversary page on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.