Professor & Director, CIBC Centre for Human Capital and Productivity
Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario
Current member of the NLS Technical Review Committee
NLS user since 1996
Dahl, Gordon and Lance Lochner, “The Impact of Family Income on Child Achievement: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit,” American Economic Review, 102(5), August 2012:1927-1956.
Lochner, Lance, and Alexander Monge-Naranjo, “The Nature of Credit Constraints and Human Capital,” American Economic Review, 101(6), October 2011: 2487-2529.
Belley, Philippe, and Lance Lochner, “The Changing Role of Family Income and Ability in Determining Educational Achievement,” Journal of Human Capital, 1(1), Winter 2007: 37-89.
Lochner, Lance, “Individual Perceptions of the Criminal Justice System,” American Economic Review, 97(1) March 2007.
Lochner, Lance, “Education, Work, and Crime: A Human Capital Approach,” International Economic Review, 45 (3) August 2004: 811-843.
Lochner, Lance and Enrico Moretti, “The Effect of Education on Crime: Evidence from Prison Inmates, Arrests, and Self-Reports,” American Economic Review, 94(1), March 2004: 155-189.
What I learned from NLS data
Money does matter, and it appears to matter more today than it did a few decades ago. Increases in family income lead to real improvements in child development, as evidenced by cognitive achievement measures in the NLSY. Furthermore, the relationship between family income and college attendance, conditional on parental education and achievement as well as other background factors, has strengthened between cohorts finishing high school in the 1980s (NLSY79) and those finishing in the early 2000s (NLSY97).
Why I chose NLS data
The NLSY data contain large samples of youth with a wealth of family characteristics and measures of cognitive achievement, which is (still) uncommon in panel data. It also contains a wealth of interesting outcomes to study, including criminal activity, child development, educational attainment, and labor market success.
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).