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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Bénin, 1981-82 (WFS)

The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.

Basic Information

  • Name of survey: Enquête sur la Fecondite au Bénin
  • Executive agency: Institut National de la Statistique et de l'Analyse Economique
  • Date of fieldwork: 1981-82
  • Universe: All women, 15-49
  • Coverage: National, 100%
  • Size: 4018
  • Weights: Self-weighting
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + FOTCAF module
  • Supplementary surveys: Multi-round demographic survey (n = 20,030, self-weighting)

Additional Information

The sample frame of households for this survey was provided by the first round of a multi-round demographic survey (EPR). A systematic 1-in-5 subsample of households was taken from the 20,030 households covered in the EPR. Female field staff interviewed all eligible women within each selected household after updating the EPR list of women. The EPR thus obviated the need for a separate household survey. No attempt has been made to match the EPR with fertility survey data. The individual questionnaire was translated into seven languages.

As in the Nigerian WFS survey, a modification of the FOTCAF module was used, whereby: (1) information was gathered about live-birth rather than pregnancy intervals; (2) provision was made to record information about the third-to-last interval, providing they all occurred within the five years preceding the survey. This amendment removes much of the selection bias inherent in the standard FOTCAF module which is restricted to the last and last-but-one intervals.

Place of, and assistance at, delivery of recently born children is recorded. The existence of grandsons and granddaughters of the respondent is reported, together with the age of oldest. The number of co-wives at time of marriage and at time of survey is recorded.

Release Conditions

Data may be used for academic research, provided that credit is given in any publication resulting from the research to the agency that conducted the survey and that two copies of any publication are sent to:

  Mr. E. Amoussou
Directeur Général de la Statistique
Institut National de la Statistique
et de l'Analyse Economique
B.P. 323

Public Use Files

Available files include the individual standard recode data and dictionary, and the supplemental survey data and dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode dictionary dictionary is available in ISSA format. The table below lists the file names and descriptions.

File Description File Type Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
bjsr01.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
bjsr01.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
bjss01.dat Supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
bjss01.dct Codebook for supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
bjsr01h.dic Standard ISSA dictionary for ISSA format data (ISSA program is required to use this file) Binary file (requires ISSA program to use this file) Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

1. Institut National de la Statistique et de l'Analyse Economique, Enquête sur la Fécondité au Bénin: Rapport National, Cotonou, 1984.

2. Kodjodbe, N., Evaluation de l'Enquête Beninoise sur la Fécondité, WFS Scientific Reports no 84.

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