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Requesting Non-Public Data
Read this if you need non-publicly available data to answer your research question.
Data Conventions and Forms of WLS data
Scales within the WLS data
Information about the scales constructed from the WLS data. (Only includes measures before the 2011 wave.)
Retention and Response Rates
Various ways of calculating retention and response rates of WLS 1957-2011.
Harmonized Cross-Wave Marriage Roster
WLS staff combined information from each round of survey to create a marital history for each ever-married participant.
View documentation for this roster here.
View frequencies for the Graduate Roster and for the Sibling Roster
Documentation for Supplementary Data Available for download
- Female_Grad_Job_History (Puts women’s jobs (through 1993) in chronological order)
- College_Characteristics (Characteristics of colleges Grads attended from 1957-1975)
- 1975_Employer_Characteristics (Company characteristics for current or last job that the Graduate held in the five years proceeding and including 1975)
Documentation for Data Available only by request
To request the data listed above please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search the Codebooks
Search for variables in the WLS dataset.
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