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HH consumption deficit or surplus

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CONSUMDEFICITFQ reports whether the household's (food) consumption could be best characterized as surplus, neither surplus nor deficit, occasional deficit, or always in deficit.

The information in CONSUMDEFICITFQ is taken from the household record and applies to household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors (coded "2") using:

RESIDENT variable when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis;
HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis;
RESIDENTMN variable when men are the unit of analysis.


Along with universe differences, CONSUMDEFICITFQ differs across samples in question wording, including the reference period and whether the text explicitly refers to food consumption. Researchers should check the Survey Text tab for surveys of interest.

Comparability - Standard DHS

CONSUMDEFICITFQ is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS household questionnaire.


  • Bangladesh 2000: Ever-married women age 10-49.
  • Bangladesh 2004: Ever-married women age 10-49.
  • Uganda 1995: All women age 15-49.
  • Bangladesh: 2000-B, 2000-W, 2000-W, 2000-H, 2000-C, 2000-M, 2004-M, 2004-B, 2004-W, 2004-H, 2004-W, 2004-C
  • Uganda: 1995-H, 1995-W, 1995-C, 1995-B, 1995-M