Francine Blau


Department of Economics, Cornell University

Former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee; former Research Associate, CHRR

NLS user since 1973

  • Francine D. Blau and Adam Grossberg, "Maternal Labor Supply and Children's Cognitive Development," Review of Economics and Statistics (August 1992), 474-481.
  • Francine D. Blau and John W. Graham, "Black/White Differences in Wealth and Asset Composition," Quarterly Journal of Economics (May 1990), 321-39.
  • Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn, "Race and Sex Differences in Quits by Young Workers." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 34 (July 1981), 563-77.
  • Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn, "Causes and Consequences of Layoffs." Economic Inquiry 20 (April 1981), 270-96.
  • Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn, "Job Search and Unionized Employment," Economic Inquiry 21 (July 1983), 412-30.
  • Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn, "Unionism, Seniority and Turnover," Industrial Relations 22 (Fall 1983), 362-73.
What I learned from NLS data

In Blau and Graham (1990), NLS data enabled us to document and analyze the dramatic differences in wealth between black and white young adults (far in excess of wage disparities). We found that, even controlling for race differences in income and other demographic factors, as much as 3/4 of the wealth remained unexplained. In Blau and Kahn (1981), we examined gender differences in quit rates providing evidence that, although at that time women were more likely than men to quit their jobs, on average, after controlling for gender differences in individual and, importantly, job characteristics, they were no more likely to quit their jobs than their male counterparts.

Why I chose NLS data

In a number of my projects, the NLS provided crucial information, not available elsewhere due to its longitudinal nature and detailed questions. For example, in Blau and Grossberg (1992) we were able to combine information on respondents and their children to examine the effects of mothers working on the cognitive outcomes of their children.