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Month of birth recording in IR Wed, 12 June 2019 07:38
 Alexis Messages: 1Registered: June 2019 Location: United Kingdom Member
Hello,

I'm working on multiple DHS datasets and I wanted to use the information on the month of birth of women in IR datasets. However, it is common that the distribution of months of birth is not evenly distributed and that more women are born at the beginning of the year than at the end of the year. This is still the case when I use the v014 variable to only keep observations with complete age information.

As an example please see below some surveys with a large bias but there are many more surveys that seems to show this pattern. This is using the month of birth of women; months of birth of children seem to be more evenly distributed. I understand that there might be no birth certificate but I'm surprised that it is always biased towards the beginning of the year. Do interviewers record January if they are not sure of the month of birth?

Burkina Faso 2014 (BFIR70FL):
. tab v009 if v014==1 [aw=v005]

respondent'
s month of
birth Freq. Percent Cum.

1 3,052.2068 47.88 47.88
2 327.201778 5.13 53.01
3 309.809501 4.86 57.87
4 314.853944 4.94 62.81
5 262.622618 4.12 66.93
6 267.081004 4.19 71.12
7 271.175631 4.25 75.37
8 256.894687 4.03 79.40
9 227.786846 3.57 82.97
10 318.383412 4.99 87.97
11 212.438137 3.33 91.30
12 554.545677 8.70 100.00

Total 6,375 100.00

Afghanistan 2015 (AFIR70FL)
. tab v009 if v014==1 [aw=v005]

respondent' |
s month of |
birth | Freq. Percent Cum.
------------+-----------------------------------
1 | 1,614.1386 9.09 9.09
2 | 2,544.3889 14.33 23.42
3 | 2,428.1078 13.67 37.09
4 | 1,774.7469 9.99 47.08
5 | 1,863.0132 10.49 57.57
6 |1,601.14519 9.02 66.59
7 | 1,208.168 6.80 73.39
8 | 1,007.6137 5.67 79.07
9 | 1,256.037 7.07 86.14
10 | 1,034.7895 5.83 91.97
11 | 808.320749 4.55 96.52
12 |618.5304505 3.48 100.00
------------+-----------------------------------
Total | 17,759 100.00

Cote d'Ivoire 2011-12 (CIIR62FL)
. tab v009 if v014==1 [aw=v005]

respondent' |
s month of |
birth | Freq. Percent Cum.
------------+-----------------------------------
1 | 2,546.0023 29.45 29.45
2 | 715.87848 8.28 37.74
3 | 656.813988 7.60 45.33
4 | 542.819071 6.28 51.61
5 | 572.299899 6.62 58.23
6 | 532.295654 6.16 64.39
7 | 509.972343 5.90 70.29
8 | 508.296997 5.88 76.17
9 | 411.078436 4.76 80.93
10 | 400.15638 4.63 85.56
11 | 398.032321 4.60 90.16
12 | 850.354166 9.84 100.00
------------+-----------------------------------
Total | 8,644 100.00

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