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The National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience: an annotated bibliography of research.

This is an annotated bibliography of close to 900 studies based on data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience. The surveys, initiated in the mid-1960's, and funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Labor, provide major employment-related information on nationally representative samples of five cohorts of the population, comprising 33,000 individuals: young men age 14 to 24 in 1966, who were interviewed periodically through 1981; men age 45 to 59, interviewed through 1983: women age 14 to 24 and 30 to 44, still being interviewed; and young men and women age 14 to 21 who were first interviewed in 1979 and continue to be interviewed. The cohorts were chosen to represent subsets of the population at critical transition stages of working life, namely, youth who are recent entrants to the work force, women who are likely to be reentering the work force, and men in their preretirement and retirement years.

As seen in the bibliography, the topics examined have been many and diverse. They include not only the "expected" issues for analysis such as long term unemployment, labor market effects of education and training, and male-female earnings differentials, but also research subjects such as health, family well-being, fertility, delinquency, collective bargaining, and job search.

The indexes in the bibliography include a list of titles and topic descriptors, as well as a list of studies arranged by cohort. This makes it convenient for the reader to look up those subject areas in which he or she has a particular interest. The list of topic descriptors, however, could have been better chosen. As the authors note in the preface, "Because the descriptors were generated by a number of abstractors working independently of each other, it is advisable to look also at Index B [the list of titles] if one wants to do a reasonably thorough literature review on any particular subject."

On the whole, the summaries of the studies provide clear descriptions of the purpose of the research and major findings. Still, in some cases, the hypotheses or the findings are not mentioned, and in some summaries, which describe the methodology of the research, the descriptions are difficult for the reader to understand.

Notwithstanding these concerns, this bibliography should be highly useful to researchers in the employment and training field. It has been long needed.
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Author:Sehgal, Ellen
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Aug 1, 1985
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