National Longitudinal Study of High School Seniors

An Agenda for Policy Research

by Stephen J. Carroll, Peter A. Morrison


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The study shows how the National Longitudinal Study (NLS) data can be used to strengthen the knowledge base for important public policy decisions. It pursues four objectives: to call attention to possible applications of the NLS data to policy issues confronting federal decisionmakers; to promote coordination in using the data; to time certain important studies for completion in advance of foreseeable national problems; and to weigh future directions of the NLS. Identifies ten high-priority studies: influence of the secondary school; migration and job search; attitudes and career success; segmented labor markets; evolution of career objectives; nontraditional attendance patterns in postsecondary education; persistence and transition patterns of college parallel students in two-year colleges; development of career aspirations among young women; consequences of early parenthood; and near-term marital stability.

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