50 Years of NLS Milestones

50 Years of
NLS Milestones

50 Years of
NLS Milestones

Spring 1964

Herb Parnes of Ohio State University’s Center for Human Resource Research writes a proposal to interview men approaching retirement age. This proposal is submitted at the request of Howard Rosen, Director of the Research Division of the Office of Manpower, Automation and Training in the U.S. Department of Labor, and leads to a contract for the NLS Older Men cohort being awarded to Ohio State University.

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Herb Parnes
Spring 1964

1964 to 1965

The original research plan is expanded to include younger men and women, along with a group of women reentering the labor force after having children.

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1964 to 1965

April 11, 1966

The first “Older Men” (OM) interview takes place. By the end of the year, the U.S. Census Bureau interviews 5,020 respondents born in 1906-21 for round 1 of the OM.

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April 11, 1966

May 3, 1966

The first “Young Men” (YM) interview takes place. By early 1967, the U.S. Census Bureau interviews 5,225 respondents born in 1941-51 for round 1 of the YM.

May 3, 1966

1967

Census conducts round 1 interviews of 5,085 “Mature Women” born in 1922-37.

1967

1968

Census conducts round 1 interviews of 5,159 “Young Women” born in 1943-53.

1968

1968

The first NLS-based research report is submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor.

1968

1971

The NLS Original Cohorts, initially planned for 5 years of annual surveys, are extended due to their research value.

1971

January, 1973

The first peer-reviewed publication based on NLS data is published.

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January, 1973

1978

The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) conducts household screening interviews for a new NLS cohort, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), comprising young men and women born in 1957-64. The cohort later becomes known as the NLSY79.

1978

1979

NORC interviews NLSY79 respondents for the first time; interviews continue on an annual basis.

1979

1979

Citations from NLS research total 500.

1979

1981

The final round of Young Men interviews is conducted by Census.

1981

1983

The final “regular” round of Older Men interviews is conducted by Census; see 1990.

1983

1983

Citations from NLS research total 1000.

1983

1986

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsors interviews and assessments of the children of female NLSY79 respondents; this “Child Survey” continues every other year.

1986

1986

The Bureau of Labor Statistics begins funding the NLS program; previously, the program was funded by the Office of Manpower Policy, Evaluation, and Research followed by the Employment and Training Administration. All three agencies are housed within the U.S. Department of Labor.

1986

1990

A special reinterview of the Older Men, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, gathers data from 2,092 surviving respondents, 1,341 widows, and 865 other relatives of respondents.

1990

1991

Citations from NLS research total 2000.

1991

1993

For the first time, laptop computers are used to conduct all NLSY79 interviews via CAPI/CATI.

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1993

1994

NICHD sponsors the “Young Adult cohort,” which consists of Child respondents who have reached age 15; like the Child Survey, this effort continues every other year.

1994

1996

NORC conducts the last annual interview of the NLSY79; biennial interviewing starts in 1996.

1996

1996

Citations from NLS research total 3000.

1996

1997

NORC conducts household screening interviews to identify a new cohort of respondents born in 1980-84, known as the NLSY97. The first round of interviewing occurs in conjunction with the screening.

1997

2000

Citations from NLS research total 4000.

2000

August 13, 2003

Census conducts the final round of Mature Women and Young Women interviews, culminating on this date with the last original cohort interview held to date.

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August 13, 2003

2005

Citations from NLS research total 5000.

2005

2007

Citations from NLS research total 6000.

2007

2010

Citations from NLS research total 7000.

2010

2012

NORC conducts the last annual interview of the NLSY97; biennial interviewing begins with the fall 2013-summer 2014 survey round.

2012

2013

Citations from NLS research total 8000.

2013

Spring 2013

A newly-designed NLS website is introduced to the public with many features that help NLS users find the information they need about the data.

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Spring 2013

June, 2015

The 50th anniversary celebration of the NLS kicks off, and will continue through late 2016.

June, 2015