TABLE 2-1 National Surveys Containing Data on Youth Employment in the United States

Survey Name

Respondent

Ages

Sex

Definition of work

National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), 1987–1988

Parent

12–18

Yes

Amount earned in last month

National Educational Longitudinal Survey (NELS) 1988

Child

14 in 1988 (8th grade); follow-up in 10th and 12th grades

Yes

Work for pay

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) 1994–95

Child and Parent

7th–12th graders

Yes

Work for pay in last 4 weeks

Panel Survey of Income Dynamics (PSID)

16+

16+

Yes

Weeks worked

Monitoring the Future

Child

12th graders; 8th and 10th graders added in 1991

Yes

Work during year

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLYS), 1979

Child

14–21 in 1979; annual follow-up

Yes

Work for pay, in own business, or more than 15 hours without pay in family business

Monthly Current Population Survey (CPS)

Adult

16+

Yes

Work for pay, in its own business or more than 15 hours without pay in family business in week of survey



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