National Longitudinal Survey (NLSY)

Topic/focus: General Health and Nutrition, Behavior, Other
Year(s): 1979, 1997 (baseline years); both cohorts are followed annually
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Study and sample characteristics: Longitudinal study using interviews and surveys
Universe: Men and women aged 14 - 22 (in 1979) and 12 - 17 (in 1997)
Variables: Varies
Access: Publically available (registration required), geocoded data requires approval
Cost: Free
Key web links: National Longitudinal Surveys
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.