Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) is a long-term study of a random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. The WLS provides an opportunity to study the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence.

WLS data include social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service, labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics, and retirement.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd is principal investigator of the WLS, which is supported by the Behavioral and Social Research Program of the National Institute on Aging.