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Chapter 7.
National Longitudinal Surveys

Completion rates by NLS cohort for the initial and latest survey years

Table 1. Completion rates by NLS cohort for the initial and latest survey years
NLS cohort Designated for interviewing Number and percent interviewed in initial survey year Number and percent interviewed in last or latest survey year
Number Percent Year Number Percent Year

Older men

5,518 5,020 91 1966 2,092 42 (1) 1990

Mature women

5,393 5,083 94 1967 2,318 46 2001

Young men

5,713 5,225 92 1966 3,398 65 1981

Young women

5,533 5,159 93 1968 2,806 54 2001

Youth 1979

14,574 (2) 12,686 87 1979 8,033 81 2000

Cross-sectional sample

6,812 6,111 90 4,949 81

Supplemental sample

5,969 5,295 89 2,921 80

Military sample

1,793 1,280 72 163 81

Youth 1997

9,806 8,984 92 1997 7,883 88 2001

Cross-sectional sample

7,327 6,748 92 5,919 88

Supplemental sample

2,479 2,236 90 1,964 88

Footnotes:
1 In 1990, interviews also were conducted with 2,206 widows or other family members of deceased respondents.
2 After the majority of the military sample was dropped in 1985 and the economically disadvantaged nonblack,non-Hispanic oversamples were eliminated in 1991, the sample was left with 9,964 respondents eligible for interview.

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