National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1979 Cohort

NLS Youth '79 Cohort

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Men and women born in the years 1957-64
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NLS Youth 1979
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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1979
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Errata for 1979-2018 Data Release

NEWEST ERRATA: The following four Errata were posted 1/6/2021:

1. CPS HOURLY RATE OF PAY and CPS Job Flag Corrections for NLSY79 1980-1993

A review of the CPS hourly rate of pay variables yielded corrections to a small number of variables:

NLSY79 Appendix 29: Date of Interview Current Status Variables

The recently released 1979-2016 NLSY79 online database contains a set of variables for survey years 1980-2016 with information on the respondent’s labor force status at each date of interview. The 2016 variables are:

Programs Creating Total Net Family Wealth Variables

This part of Appendix 23 includes the programs that created the TNFW_TRUNC (Total Net Family Wealth) Variables for survey years 1985-2016.

Community Participation & Volunteerism

In the 2006 and 2010 survey years (and in 2012 and 2014 for those not interviewed in 2010), NLSY79 respondents reported the time they spent volunteering for causes or organizations, along with the type of organization. Approximately 22.6% of respondents in 2006 indicated they had done at least some volunteer activity in the previous calendar year, with the percentage rising to 24.6% in 2010.

As can be seen in Table 1, the pick list of causes/organizations changed in wording between 2006 and 2010.

Errata for 1979-2016 Data Release

Newest Errata


Respondent #6768 (public identification number) has been found to be missing data for two jobs in survey year 2004 (round 21) in some data tables that produce the Work History arrays, the Employer History Roster variables and several other variables. A summary of the variables affected is as follows:

NLSY79/97 Cross-Cohort Data

An NLSY79/NLSY97 cross-cohort beta release is now available on Investigator. See Appendix 13: Cross-Cohort NLSY79/97 Overview (in the NLSY97 User Guide) for information.

Errata for 1979-2014 Data Release

Newest Errata [posted 11/27/2018]

Erroneous MSA Codes (1984-1987)

A small number of Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) codes have been corrected for 16 cases between survey years 1984-1987. Users with an active agreement to use the NLSY79 Geocode data should contact User Services ( or 614-442-7366) for details. Corrections for these codes will be reflected on the next restricted Geocode data release.


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