Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University
NLS user since 2001
Steve McDonald. 2015. “Network Effects across the Earnings Distribution: Visible and Invisible Job Finding Assistance in the Labor Market.” Social Science Research 49(1):299-313.
Steve McDonald, Richard A. Benton, and David F. Warner. 2012. “Dual Embeddedness: Informal Job Matching and Labor Market Institutions in the United States and Germany.” Social Forces 91(1): 75-97.
Steve McDonald. 2011. “What You Know or Who You Know? Occupation-Specific Work Experience and Job Matching through Social Networks.” Social Science Research 40(6): 1664-1675.
Julie A. Kmec, Steve McDonald, and Lindsey B. Trimble. 2010. “Making Gender Fit and “Correcting” Gender Misfits: Non-Searching for Employment and Job Sex Segregation.” Gender & Society 24(2): 213-236.
Steve McDonald and Glen H. Elder, Jr. 2006. “When Does Social Capital Matter? Non-Searching for Jobs Across the Life Course.” Social Forces 85(1):521-550.
Steve McDonald. 2005. “Patterns of Informal Job Matching Across the Work Career: Entry-Level, Reentry-Level, and Elite Non-Searching.” Sociological Inquiry 75(3):403-428.
What I learned from NLS data
The NLS data provide detailed evidence about the conditions under which people find jobs without engaging in job searches. "Non-searching" is essentially an informal recruitment process that is common when filling high wage managerial jobs.
Why I chose NLS data
The NLS is the best source of data on how people search for and are recruited into job openings.
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).