Jeffrey Yankow

David C. Garrett, Jr. Professor

Department of Economics, Furman University

NLS user since 1997

  • “Why Do Cities Pay More? An Empirical Examination of Some Competing Theories of the Urban Wage Premium,” Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2006, 139-161.
  • “Migration, Job Change and Wage Growth: A New Perspective on the Pecuniary Return to Geographic Mobility,” Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2003, 483-516.
  • “Do Neighborhoods Affect Hours Worked? Evidence from Longitudinal Data,” with Bruce A. Weinberg and Patricia B. Reagan, Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2004, 891-924.
  • “Some Empirical Evidence of the Efficacy of Job Matching in Urban Labor Markets,” International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2009, 233-244.
  • “A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of State Economic Freedom on Individual Wages,” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2014, 58-70.
  • “The Wage Dynamics of Internal Migration within the United States,” Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3, 1999, 265-278.
What I learned from NLS data

I have learned that the wage and employment profiles of the NLS respondents are ever surprising and always fascinating. Like snowflakes, no two are ever identical. Consequently, I have come away with a greater reverence and respect for the richness of daily life in the modern economy. In the NLS you encounter real people living complex lives, not simple data points.

Why I chose NLS data

I was introduced to the NLS in graduate school. Since that time, I found the depth and breadth of the NLS survey data to be unparalleled for constructing detailed career profiles over the life-cycle.