NLSY79 Child and Young Adults

The NLSY79 Child and Youth Adult is a complex longitudinal survey comprised of multiple nationally representative samples. Because of this complexity the NLS staff creates a set of cross-sectional weights for each survey round. Using these weights provides a simple method for users to correct the raw data for the complex survey design in a particular year. If you are using data from just one survey the weight series provides an accurate adjustment. However, if you are using data from multiple survey years no single set of survey weights provides an accurate adjustment. For additional information, click here.

NOTA BENE: Weights produced by this program are slightly different from those found on the NLSY79 Child and Young Adult public data release. The data release contains custom weights that were computed based on a sample that included Child Id 1031303, which was determined to be a non-biological child. This child was excluded from the R20-2002 Child and Young Adult data release and has been dropped from this on-line custom weighting program.

If your research spans multiple survey years using this web page you can create a custom set of survey weights which adjust both for the complex survey design and for using data from multiple years.

Place IDs you wish to weight in the text area below. One ID per line.


A download dialog box should appear within 1 minute to copy the file to your PC.

Example Custom Weights Output

Custom Weights have 2 implied decimal places.
(i.e., 130793 means the respondent represents 1,307.93 people)

ID  Custom Weight
1               0
2          130793
3          200122
.               .
n          143589