The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.
Name of survey: Encuesta Mexicana de Fecundidad
Executive agency: Dirección General de Estadística
Date of fieldwork: 1976-77
Universe: All women, 20-49
Coverage: National, 100%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + family planning module (part)
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 73,674, self-weighting); Community
This survey was based on a subsample of the National Household Survey. The
household schedule included information about births and deaths in the
preceding 12 months, household amenities and place of birth of each member.
Unusually detailed employment data were collected for adult members: whether
currently working, occupation and work status, and size of landholding and
The individual survey was conducted at the same time as the household survey
by the same interviewers on a subsample of one woman in two aged 20-49 who were
@de jure@ household members.
Supplementary contraceptive information collected in the individual survey
includes: knowledge of supply source; travelling time to nearest source;
ever-use and use last year of source; intention to re-use source and reasons
for lack of intention.
A respondent's migration history was collected, but only the number of places
of six or more months residence is available on the SR file. Respondent's and
husband's income (plus area of land owned) was ascertained. Available on the
SR file are household survey data concerning the presence of electricity, piped
water, toilet facilities, consumer durables and details of dwelling
construction. A complete history of non-live births is on the SR file. Various
health care items concerning the last birth/pregnancy were collected: medical
attention at and place of delivery; timing of first consultation; any reasons
for failure to vaccinate last child.
A community survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas. Information was
collected about number of inhabitants, Government services and main economic
activity. The community data file is not held by the DDB.
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:
Lic. Humberto Molina
Director General de Estadística
Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografia e Informática
Av. Insurgentes Sur 795, Piso 13
Co. Napoles C.P. 03810
Delegación Benito Juarez
Mexico DF 12
Public Use Files
Available files include the household members 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 file for the standard recode data. ISSA format
Ascii text file
1. Dirección General de Estadística, Encuesta Mexicana de Fecundidad: Primer
Informe, Mexico City, 1979.
2. Ordorica, M. and J.E. Potter, Evaluation of the Mexican Fertility Survey
1976-77, WFS Scientific Reports no 21, 1981.
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