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Woman can decide use of her earnings

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DECUSEARN reports whether the respondent decides how all of the money she earns will be used, how some of it will be used, or if someone else decides how her earnings will be used.

The related variable DECFEMEARN (V739) indicates who in the woman's household usually makes decisions regarding how her earnings are spent.


Apart from slight differences in question wording, DECUSEARN is comparable across samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

DECUSEARN is a country-specific variable not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Ghana 1988: Women age 15-49 who are currently working.
  • Zimbabwe 1988: Women age 15-49 who are currently working.
  • Ghana: 1988-W, 1988-C, 1988-B
  • Zimbabwe: 1988-W, 1988-C, 1988-B