Labor, Human Services, and Population Center, Urban Institute
Former Director, National Longitudinal Surveys Division, BLS
NLS user since 1986
Pergamit, Michael R. 1995. “Assessing the Transition from School to Work in the U.S.,” Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Vol. 12, Nos. 3&4.
Pergamit, Michael R. and Veum, Jonathan R. 1999. “What is a Promotion?,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, July
Pergamit, Michael R., Pierret, Charles R., Rothstein, Donna S., and Veum, Jonathan R. 2001. “Data Watch: The National Longitudinal Surveys,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 15, No. 2
Michael, Robert T. and Pergamit, Michael R. 2001. “The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 Cohort,” Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 36, No. 4
Huang, Lynn, Pergamit, Michael, and Shkolnik, Jamie 2001.“Initiation into the Labor Market,” Monthly Labor Review, August
Pergamit, Michael R and Krishnamurty, Parvati 2006. “Multi-Year Work Injury Rates,” Monthly Labor Review, May
What I learned from NLS data
From the NLS, we've learned that there is much more job mobility than people had assumed. We learned about the increasing returns to post-secondary education. Despite that, high school graduates have reasonable employment histories, but high school dropouts suffer significantly in the labor market. We learned that people get injured at work more than firm-level data indicated. And we learned that many beliefs about what you can't do in a survey, and especially a longitudinal survey, just aren't true.
Why I chose NLS data
The NLSYs are the best surveys in existence for studying most issues related to youth and the transition to adulthood. I choose it for its breadth and depth of coverage of topics that provide many opportunities for studying outcomes and providing a large set of controls as well as the longitudinal series that provides for various modeling methods.
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).