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Serving Diverse Purposes with Rich Data

The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Child Sample has spawned hundreds of papers on a diversity of topics

The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) is a nationally representative sample of more than 12,680 young men and women who were 14-22 years old when they were first surveyed in 1979. The survey, which is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and executed by the Center for Human Resource Research at The Ohio State University and by NORC, explores how socioeconomic status, health, educational attainment, and other factors influence long-term employment and life outcomes.

72-82 Percent
the typical response rate for each NLSY79 data collection.

Data from the NLSY79 Child Sample have informed a wide variety of research and policy papers as well as stories in the mainstream press. The data have been featured in more than 1,300 scholarly papers in subjects ranging from children’s health and poverty to gender and educational attainment.