Save the NLS!

The National Longitudinal Survey (NLS)  program faces devastating cuts in the 2012 and 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) budgets. These cuts are severe enough to cripple the program’s ability to collect and disseminate data as early as April 2012.

For those unfamiliar with the NLS – it’s a super awesome set of longitudinal surveys that has been gathering data on individuals’ labor market activities and other significant life events for more than four decades. These surveys are essential to our understanding of how labor market experiences evolve over the life-cycle. I used it for my dissertation to collect information on occupational career interruptions. No other US survey does this.

One unique feature of the NLSY is its oversampling for Hispanics, which provides a sufficient sample for comparison. Without it, we might not able to continue to examine how labor market outcomes differ for Hispanics and non-Hispanics.

For four decades the NLS has collected data on labor market activities that no other survey does. Check out the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR)’s website (the Center collects the data) for more information on what you can do to help restore funding.  DO IT NOW.  Time is of the essence.


Author: Rachel Lovell

Rachel Lovell is the Senior Research Methodologist at the SSRC where she is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and analyzing empirical research studies generated within SSRC and also by faculty researchers affiliated with SSRC. Rachel received her Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University in 2007. Her more recent research interests include women, public health, and sex work.

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