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SCORE
Wealth score

Values represent a wealth score for the household, except for the following codes:

99995 = Not interviewed (female questionnaire)
99996 = Not interviewed (household questionnaire)
99998 = No response or missing

Description

SCORE is a constructed variable that combines information on household assets, livestock owned, floor, roof, and wall construction materials, water sources, and toilet facilities to create a total wealth score for the household.

  • Household assets include possessions such as radios, televisions, bicycles, furniture, etc. These options may vary slightly by country and survey year.
  • Livestock counted are chickens, sheep, goats, horses/camels, cows/bulls, and local cattle. These options may vary slightly by country and survey year.
  • Floor materials are divided into three categories: natural materials (e.g. earth or dung), rudimentary materials (e.g. planks or palm bamboo), and finished materials (e.g. vinyl, ceramic tiles, cement, or carpet). These options may vary slightly by country and survey year.
  • Roof materials are divided into three categories: natural materials (e.g. a thatched roof or dung/mud), rudimentary materials (e.g. corrugated iron or tin cans), and finished materials (e.g. asbestos, concrete, or tiles). These options may vary slightly by country and survey year.
  • Wall materials are divided into three categories: natural materials (e.g. no walls, cane, or dung/mud), rudimentary materials (e.g. bamboo and mud, plywood, cardboard, or reused wood), and finished materials (e.g. cement, bricks, or wood planks with shingles). These options may vary slightly by country and survey year.
  • Water source includes options such as water piped into the dwelling, a public tap, a dug well, and others.

  • Toilet facility includes options such as a piped sewer system, composting toilet, etc.

Unweighted means and standard deviations for each of the indicator variables are then used in a principal components analysis to determine the overall household wealth score.

The variables WEALTHT and WEALTHQ represent the tertiles and quintiles, respectively, for each household within the country and survey year.

The questions associated with this variable were included in the household questionnaire.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Burkina Faso

Comparability

The general meaning of SCORE is consistent across samples, but the variables used to calculate the wealth score are country- and survey-specific. SCORE should thus be interpreted as the relative economic standing of the woman's household within a specific country at a particular point in time.

Comparability — Burkina Faso [top]

The Burkina Faso Round 2 sample has an error in the original data - there are too many cases of households owning cars. This has affected the calculation of SCORE. This issue will be fixed with the next IPUMS PMA data release. The variable CAR has been corrected in IPUMS PMA.

Universe

  • All persons.

Availability

  • Burkina Faso: 2014-2016
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2013-2016
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2017
  • Ethiopia: 2014-2017
  • Ghana: 2013-2016
  • India: 2016-2017
  • Indonesia: 2015-2016
  • Kenya: 2014-2016
  • Niger: 2015-2016
  • Uganda: 2014-2017