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Ethnicity, Burkina Faso

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ETHNICITYBF (V131BF) is a variable specific to Burkina Faso that reports responses to a question about the woman's ethnicity. The groups identified vary across samples. See Comparability.


ETHNICITYBF (V131BF) is a country-specific variable for Burkina Faso that collects information about the ethnic group to which the woman belongs. While nine ethnic groups (with codes 01 through 09) are reported for all Burkina Faso samples, the number and names of other ethnicities vary across samples. IPUMS-DHS therefore uses a composite coding system, in which other groups (beyond the first nine) share a common first digit of 1, with specific detail preserved by the code's second digit. Broad "other" categories (other African, other unspecified) share a common first digit of 2.

Comparability - Standard DHS

ETHNICITY (V131) is a country-specific variable included in the standard DHS questionnaire for Phase 2 forward, with no standard wording or response categories.


  • Burkina Faso 1993: All women age 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 1998: All women age 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 2003: All women age 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Burkina Faso: 1993-W, 1993-C, 1993-B, 1998-B, 1998-C, 1998-W, 2003-W, 2003-B, 2003-C, 2003-W, 2010-W, 2010-B, 2010-C, 2010-W