NLS user since 2001
In my own research, I've learned about the strong connections between parental use of corporal punishment and resulting behavior problems in children.
More generally, I've used the NLSY in my own work as a researcher, in the classroom as a teacher, and have mentored a number of students who have used the NLSY in their own work. I also know of a number of colleagues who've used the NLSY. The NLSY has taught me about the incredible value to knowledge about children and families of having a longitudinal data set that follows the same set of families over a long set of time, and asks detailed questions of parents and children at each wave. Quite simply, for some research questions, the NLSY is simply the best data available, and I hope that the NLSY, and future replications of the NLSY, continue to be funded.
The NLS is incredibly well documented. Also the staff of the NLS have continuously provided the highest level of user service. The NLS staff have answered numerous detailed questions that I have had about the data (and always in a friendly and prompt way!). Without their help, many of my research papers simply would not have been possible.