Years on the NLS team: 1997-2004
Role: I served as principal investigator for the 1997 cohort.
We had a survey methodology group operating for several years. The group improved showcards and question wording and implemented a few random experiments on alternative questions.
The NLS is one of the first prospective longitudinal household surveys to be fielded in the United Sates. Its longevity is testimony to its excellence. Information provided by the NLS surveys on household behavior has influenced U.S. government policy and has shaped social science research for the last five decades. The program is vibrant and dynamic and will continue to shape research agendas and inform the public debate for the foreseeable future.