CHRR staff member; former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee; member of NLSY97 desgin committee
NLS user since 1983
Using data from the NLSY79, I was able to examine the relative importance of training and job tenure for wage determination and the rate of return to company-provided training compared to the rate of return to training received outside the firm and schooling. I also used the NLSY79 (with G. Imbens) to examine re-employment probabilities for young people from 1978-1989. This analysis explored the impact of seasonal and business cycle effects as well as individual characteristics on the probability of finding a job. We find considerable changes in the chances of young workers finding jobs over the business cycle. Living in an area with high local unemployment reduces re-employment chances as does being in a long spell of non-employment. However, we find that while workers appear to be scarred by a long spell of unemployment, the damage seems to be reduced if they are unemployed in an area with high overall unemployment.
The ability in the NLSY79 to track week to week movements in employment status, school enrollment, and training spells by demographic group allowed an much more in-depth and nuanced analysis and understanding of the school to work transition.