In Phase 1 data on households and on ever-married women under 50 were collected
on a single visit and always by female interviewers. The Phase 2 interviews,
to collect extended household data and data on husbands, were also administered
on one visit but by male interviewers.
The individual female questionnaire incorporates most of the fertility
regulation module, most of the family planning module, and some questions
normally part of the FOTCAF module, plus questions on: husband's migration,
inter-spouse blood ties, income and working hours, father's education and
costs/benefits of children.
The Phase 1 household schedule is basic but the Phase 2 household questionnaire
covered employment, crops, land-ownership, income, education and household
durables. It was administered to a systematic subsample of about 1-in-3 of all
households where a woman was interviewed.
The husband's questionnaire was based on the WFS core for husbands (education,
employment, marriage and fertility experience, contraceptive knowledge and use,
fertility regulation), together with questions on the costs/benefits of
children. All husbands of interviewed women in the subsample were contacted.
The community data show: population of the village by sex, age, education,
economic status and marital status; recent fertility and infant mortality;
transportation, distance from towns and railways; availability of 22
administrative, economic, entertainment, health and educational facilities;
further information on health and education; agriculture and industrialization.
It is possible to link data across all files.
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. Farouk Said Abdel Azeem
Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS)
P.O. Box 2086
Public Use Files
Available files include the household data and dictionary, and 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.
Codebook for economic survey data. Original WFS format
Ascii text file
1. CAPMAS, The Egyptian Fertility Survey 1980, Cairo, 1983.
2. El-Deeb, B., Evaluation of the Egyptian Fertility Survey, CAPMAS, 1984.
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