Directly comparing the returns to social skills in the NLSY
1979 and 1997 surveys, I find that social skills are a significantly more important predictor of full-time employment and wages in the more recent cohort.
White married parents suffered a decline in net worth of over $60,000 between 2007 and 2013 according to the SCF, but an increase of about $12,000 in the longitudinal NLSY
Controls for household structure include an indicator variable for if the child lived with two biological parents (at age 14 for the 1979 NLSY
and during the first round of the survey for the 1997 NLSY
), number of siblings (reported siblings for the 1979 cohort and number of household members under 18 for the 1997 cohort), and number of siblings squared.
We can try to measure some of these factors using other variables in the NLSY
and CPS data: household structure, incomes, and educational attainment of residents in the local labor market.
measures mothers' education level with a question that asks whether she holds a bachelor's degree (i.
All models are weighted by the NLSY
respondents' original 1979 sample weights.
Measures of human capital include completed years of education and scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB), which was given to all NLSY
Parental income was measured on a continuous basis, taken from the most recent administration of the NLSY
1979-2008 cohort data.
The results of this study show that 49% of participants had left their first marriage during the course of the NLSY
interviews, with 60% having gone through a marital separation.
In another study, Baum and Ford (2004), again using data from the NLSY
, examined income differences between nonobese and obese individuals (they defined obese as a BMI of 30 or more) based on information collected from 12 of the different NLSY
survey years between 1981 and 1998.
To explore this, the authors conduct an analysis with the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY
) and the follow-on study of children of NLSY
began following young men and women in 1979 and collects data through in-home interviews; in 1986, the NLSY
started conducting interviews with the children of women from the original sample.