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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Costa Rica, 1976 (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: Encuesta Nacional de Fecundidad de Costa Rica
  • Executive agency: Dirección General de Estadística y Censos
  • Date of fieldwork: 1976
  • Universe: All women, 20-49
  • Coverage: National, 97%
  • Size: 3935
  • Weights: Self-weighting
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation and family planning modules
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 23,070, self-weighting)

Additional Information

This survey was one of the few in the WFS developing countries series to exclude all women under the age of 20 from the individual enquiry. However, summary fertility information for all women aged 15-19 (and for those aged 50+) was collected in the household survey.

A complete history of induced abortions was collected, together with attitudinal data on abortion under specified circumstances. Never-married women (aged 20-49) were asked whether they had experienced sexual intercourse. The length of post-partum abstinence following the most recent birth was asked.

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. Eladio Cordeo Diaz
Director General
Dirección General de Estadística y Censos
Apartado 10163
San Jose
Costa Rica

Public Use Files

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

File Description File Type
crhm01.dat Household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
crhm01.dct Codebook for household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
crread.me Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
crsr01.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
crsr01.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
crreadh.me Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
crsr01h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
crsr01h.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)
crsr01h.map Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

1. Dirección General de Estadística y Censos, Encuesta Nacional de Fecundidad, 1976, San José, 1978.

2. Rosero, L., M.B. Gómez and V. Rodríguez de Ortega, Determinantes de la Fecundidad en Costa Rica: Análisis Longitudinal de Tres Encuestas, Dirección General de Estadística y Censos, San José, 1982. (Summary in English as The Determinants of Fertility Decline in Costa Rica 1964-76, ISI, 1984.)

3. Guzmán, J.M., Evaluación de la Historia de Embarazos en la Encuesta Nacional de Fecundidad Costa Rica 1976, CELADE, Serie C, no 1011, 1980. (Shortened version in Notas de Población no 24, 1980.)


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