Donna Rothstein

Research Economist

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Years on the NLS team: 1995-present

What innovations have I helped introduce to the NLS

I started working in the NLS program in September 1995, when I was just out of graduate school. It was an exciting and busy time, as we were getting ready to launch a new cohort—the NLSY97. Since then, I have worked on various aspects of the NLS, and even wrote some questions on supervisory responsibilities for the NLSY79 that I later used in a published article. I also use the surveys for research articles, and really appreciate the depth and breadth of the NLS questions. Using the surveys for research also helps me evaluate any short-comings in the data as well as the potential need for additional created variables. My research topics have ranged from youth employment to breastfeeding and child cognitive outcomes.