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Re: create female autonomy index [message #14612 is a reply to message #4245] Sun, 22 April 2018 17:06 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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Some potentially useful variable groups for measuring female autonomy relate to household decision-making:
Here's the display of variables related to that topic in IPUMS-DHS (X means the sample above has the variable): dec

You might also be interested in variables relating to whether a woman can refuse sex, included in the following group: att

and in variables related to attitudes toward wife-beating: tt

and related to women's work: work

You can restrict the display to samples/countries that interest you (using the sample selection tool) and learn more about each variable by clicking on the variable name and reading the on-line documentation.
The variable display on the IPUMS-DHS website makes it easier to explore what data are available for the samples that interest you and help you define a research project or get ideas about what to put into a composite or index variable. Have fun exploring!

Miriam King

Dr. Miriam King
IPUMS-DHS Project Manager (
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