McKinley Blackburn


Department of Economics, University of South Carolina

NLS user since 1989

  • Blackburn, McKinley L., and David Neumark. "Omitted-Ability Bias and the Increase in the Return to Schooling." Journal of Labor Economics 11.3 (1993): 521-44.
  • Blackburn, McKinley L., and David Neumark. "Are OLS Estimates of the Return to Schooling Biased Downward? Another Look." The Review of Economics and Statistics (1995): 217-230.
  • Blackburn, McKinley, and David Neumark. "Unobserved Ability, Efficiency Wages, and Interindustry Wage Differentials." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 107.4 (1992): 1421-1436.
  • Blackburn, McKinley L., David E. Bloom, and David Neumark. "Fertility timing, wages, and human capital." Journal of Population Economics 6.1 (1993): 1-30.
  • Blackburn, McKinley L. "Estimating wage differentials without logarithms." Labour Economics 14.1 (2007): 73-98.
  • Blackburn, McKinley L. "Welfare effects on the marital decisions of never-married mothers." Journal of Human Resources (2000): 116-142.
Why I chose NLS data

One strong advantage of the National Longitudinal Survey data has been the presence of consistent test-score measures for a large percentage of the original sample in the youth surveys -- in particular the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. It is also quite useful to have a large sample size (for a longitudinal data set) focused on a targeted age cohort. The data also make it easy to focus on demographic decisions, such as marriage and childbirth.