Years on the NLS team: 2009-present
Role: I manage the two NLS restricted access data sharing programs (NLSYGeocode and Visiting Researcher).
Social scientists may agree that individuals inhabit two main spheres- that of work and of personal life. And while the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) is known primarily as a labor market survey, the importance of the NLS is that the program collects not only a large set of information on individuals’ labor market outcomes, but also data on every other major aspect of life beyond and outside of the labor market.
Given the richness of the data, the NLS program has informed a wide range of important social science research, literally thousands of studies, in so many fields, including Economics, Sociology, Criminology, Personal Finance, Health Sciences, and many others. Knowing this, I continue to take great pride in being even a small part of NLS program.