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regarding the religion variable -v130 [message #24678] Sun, 19 June 2022 23:51 Go to next message
JaneQuan is currently offline  JaneQuan
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To Whom It May Concern,
There are no observations in some countries for the religion variable v130, is it because only one religion dominating in this countries?
These countries are as follows in my data set, and I only downloaded the most recent data of them:
NI Niger
TZ Tanzania
ZA South Africa
MR Mauritania
AF Afghanistan
MM Myanmar
MV Maldives
PK Pakistan

Since religion is a very important variable in my research, your answer could help me to get more robust result.

Thank you.
Best Regards.
Re: regarding the religion variable -v130 [message #24688 is a reply to message #24678] Tue, 21 June 2022 16:51 Go to previous message
Janet-DHS is currently offline  Janet-DHS
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Following is a response from DHS Research & Data Analysis Director, Tom Pullum:

Religion and ethnicity (v130 and v131) are standard variables but several surveys omit one of them or both of them. The decision whether to include them is totally up to the country. DHS does not make the decision. In some countries, there may not be an interest, or there is little variation, but it can also happen that there is political sensitivity about religious or ethnic identity. If you don't see these variables in the data files, then the data were not collected. We do not have them.
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