Former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee
NLS user since 1997
Western, Bruce and Katherine Beckett. 1999. “How Unregulated is the U.S. Labor Market? The Penal System as a Labor Market Institution.” American Journal of Sociology 104:1030–1060.
Western, Bruce. 2002. “The Impact of Incarceration on Wage Mobility and Inequality.” American Sociological Review 67:477–98.
Western, Bruce. 2006. Punishment and Inequality in America. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Bloome, Deirdre and Bruce Western. 2011. “Cohort Change and Racial Differences in Educational and Income Mobility.” Social Forces 90:375–395.
What I learned from NLS data
Perhaps the most striking thing I first saw in the NLSY79 was the very large number of interviews conducted in prisons and jails, particularly with African American men. Although the NLSY79 was not specifically designed to study the effects of incarceration, interviews in correctional facilities and high response rates among formerly incarcerated respondents have made the survey invaluable for my research.
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).