NLS Youth '79 Cohort

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1979 Cohort
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Men and women born in the years 1957-64
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NLS Youth 1979
Long Name: 
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1979
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Technical Sampling Report

The Technical Sampling Report for the NLSY79 is available in PDF format. An addendum with standard errors and DEFT factors for 1982-1994 is also available in PDF format.

Standard Errors and Deft factors

Table 1. Deft Factors for Round 1, 1979

All Youth 1.72547 1.71282

Family Poverty Status and Family Poverty Level Variables


The Family Poverty Status variable is calculated using a combination of reported family income, the number of family members in the respondent's household, and the national Poverty Income Guidelines, which are updated yearly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NLSY79 Appendix 22: Migration Distance Variables for Respondent Locations

To support research on respondent mobility, we created a series of variables for the distance between respondent addresses at each interview round. This supplements the data on state and county of residence in the Geocode release. These variables are available only on the Geocode data release. Researchers interested in obtaining the geocode CD must apply to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Variable Creation: Total Net Family Income 1996-2020


Nebraska through Wyoming FIPS Codes

 Nebraska through Wyoming with County Codes

Alabama through Montana FIPS Codes

Alabama through Montana with County Codes


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