Types of NLSY97 Variables

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Types of NLSY97 Variables

  1. 1. David L. Passmore
  2. 2.  Raw — Direct (or raw) responses from a questionnaire or other survey instrument. Symbol — Usually contains “!” Roster — Usually identified in codebook Created — Question name usually starts with “CV” or “CVC”
  3. 3. From NLS Investigator
  4. 4. From NLS Investigator
  5. 5. From NLS Investigator
  6. 6.  Are lists of variables on one topic The lists can vary among respondents Simple example — ages of siblings • Number of siblings varies among respondents • Respondents, then, can have a varying number of roster variables • e.g., Mary has 5 siblings, so there are 5 entries as separate variables in her roster • e.g., John has 1 sister, so there is 1 entry as a separate variable in his roster
  7. 7. Population
  8. 8. Population Civilian noninstutional population, 14–24 yearsThe civilian population is classified according to its attachment to the labor force
  9. 9. Population Civilian non institutional population, 14–24 yearsIn labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants
  10. 10. Population Civilian population, 14–24 yearsIn labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed Unemployed
  11. 11. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed UnemployedEmployed work at least 1 hour per week for an employer for pay or at least 15 hoursper week in a family enterprise (even if not for pay)
  12. 12. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed UnemployedEmployed work in an occupation within an industry from which they can earn wagesand salaries for offering hours of work to an employer or through self-employment
  13. 13. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed UnemployedUnemployed might have been employed in a previous occupation and industry, areunemployed for various reasons, and are unemployed for a period of time (duration)
  14. 14. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed UnemployedThose out of the labor force do not have a job and are not seeking a job
  15. 15. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed UnemployedMost frequently, people out of the labor force are doing their own home housework,going to school, or have stopped looking for work
  16. 16. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed Unemployedlabor force participation rate = (labor force ÷ civilian population, 14-24) as a %employed + unemployed as % of the civilian population, 14-24
  17. 17. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed Unemployedemployment–population ratio = employed ÷ civilian population, 14-24proportion of the civilian population, 14-24, that is employed
  18. 18. Population Civilian population, 14–24 years In labor force; civilian labor force; Out of labor force labor force participants Employed Unemployedunemployment rate = (unemployed ÷ civilian labor force) as a %percentage of the civilian labor force that is unemployed
  19. 19. In-Class TaskUse NLS97 datain Excelspreadsheet tocalculate laborforce indicatorsfor any two ofthe followingthree years:199720002006

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