Center for Human Resource Research, The Ohio State University
current member of survey staff
NLS user since 1995
“Do People Save or Spend Their Inheritances? Understanding What Happens to Inherited Wealth” Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 2012
“Do You Have to be Smart to be Rich? The Impact of IQ on Wealth, Income and Financial Distress” Intelligence, Vol. 35, No. 5, 2007
“The Effect of Marriage and Divorce on Wealth” Journal of Sociology, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2005
“The Freshman 15: A Critical Time for Obesity Intervention or Media Myth?” Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 92, No. 5, Dec. 2011 (Joint with Patricia K. Smith)
“Health and Wealth the Late-20th Century Obesity Epidemic in the U.S.” Economics and Human Biology, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2005
“The Wealth Effects of Smoking” Tobacco Control, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004
What I learned from NLS data
I have learned two things. First, respondents in a voluntary survey have shown that people can be incredibly generous with their time and information. Second, you don't have to be smart (i.e. have a high IQ) to be rich.
Why I chose NLS data
I use the NLS because it has unique data that do not exist in other surveys, such as extensive health data and wealth data.
Ohio State University Center for Human Resource Research
This site was created at the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) at The Ohio State University to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS). The NLS is a program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. CHRR has conducted the NLS since the program began in 1965, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau (from 1965 to 2003) and NORC at the University of Chicago (from 1978 to the present).