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Ideal level of education for sons

Codes and Frequencies

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IDEALEDSON reports the highest level of education the woman would like her sons to obtain.


Along with universe differences and slight differences in question wording, IDEALEDSON differs in the number of response categories across samples. To maximize comparability, IPUMS-DHS uses composite coding, with responses covering some schooling but less than secondary school sharing a first digit of "1," at least some secondary education sharing a first digit of "2," and "more than secondary" sharing a first digit of "3." Additional detail is preserved in the second digit (e.g., code 13 for "able to read and write").

Comparability - Standard DHS

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


  • Egypt 1992: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Pakistan 1991: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Yemen 1991: Ever-married women age 15-54.
  • Egypt: 1992-W, 1992-C, 1992-B, 1992-W
  • Pakistan: 1991-W, 1991-C, 1991-B
  • Yemen: 1991-W, 1991-C, 1991-B