David Blau


Department of Economics, Ohio State University

Former member of the NLS Technical Review Committee

NLS user since 1982

  • "Family Earnings and Wage Inequality Early in the Life Cycle," Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 66, No. 2, May 1984: 200-207.
  • “The Effect of Income on Child Development” Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 81, No. 2, May 1999: 261-276.
  • "The Effect of Child Care Characteristics on Child Development," Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 34, No. 4, Fall 1999: 786-822.
  • “A Demographic Analysis of the Family Structure Experiences of Children in the United States,” (with Wilbert van der Klaauw) Review of Economics of the Household, 2008, 6: 193-221.
  • “What Determines Family Structure?” (with Wilbert van der Klaauw) , Economic Inquiry, 51 (1), January 2013: 579–604.
  • "Turnover in Child Care Arrangements" (coauthored with P.K. Robins) Review of Economics and Statistics. Vol. 73, No. 1, February 1991: 152-157.
What I learned from NLS data

The NLSY79 and CNLSY79 data are so rich and extensive that they prompt new ideas for research even while using them. The richness does come at a price - exploiting it fully requires an incredible amount of work, but it is worth it.

Why I chose NLS data

The NLSY79 and CNLSY79 have unique data on mothers and children, including multiple children, followed and assessed throughout childhood and into adulthood, with a very rich set of outcomes measured for both the mother and children.