Audrey Light


Department of Economics, Ohio State University

Principal Investigator of the NLSY79, 2005-15

NLS user since 1985

  • Light, Audrey and Andrew McGee. “Employer Learning and the ‘Importance’ of Skills.” Journal of Human Resources 50 (Winter 2015): 72-107.
  • Light, Audrey and Yoshiaki Omori. “Can Long-Term Cohabiting and Marital Unions be Incentivized?” Research in Labor Economics 36 (November 2012): 241-83.
  • Light, Audrey and Taehyun Ahn. “Divorce as Risky Behavior.” Demography 46 (November 2010): 895-921.
  • Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso and Audrey Light. “Interpreting Degree Effects in the Returns to Education.” Journal of Human Resources 45 (Spring 2010): 439-467.
  • Light, Audrey and Kathleen McGarry. “Why Parents Play Favorites: Explanations for Unequal Bequests.” American Economic Review 94 (December 2004): 1669-1681.
  • Light, Audrey. “In-School Work Experience and the Returns to Schooling.” Journal of Labor Economics 19 (January 2001): 65-93.
Why I chose NLS data

I first used NLS data as a graduate student, and have continued using various cohorts (but mostly the NLSY79) throughout my career. As NLSY79 respondents have aged and more data have been collected, my research interests have evolved from schooling interruptions to determinants of long-term marital unions to effects of life-cycle events on preparedness for retirement. One never runs out of topics to explore when using ever-changing NLS data.