Why do you ask such personal questions?

Do you ever wonder, 'Do they really need to know that?' The answer is, 'Yes, we do!' One reason the NLSY79 is so widely used by researchers and policymakers is the range of topics that we ask - including topics that may be very personal. For example, the current round of the survey includes questions about mortgage foreclosures. We know that topic can be very sensitive and even painful to anybody who has experienced a foreclosure, but we need to ask the questions so that researchers and policymakers can understand how people in your generation have weathered the nation's recent economic troubles.