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
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.
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
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.
Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format
Ascii text file
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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