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Century day date of interview (Ethiopian calendar)


INTDATECDC_ET (V008A_ET) is a 5-digit numeric variable.


INTDATECDC_ET (V008A_ET) reports century day code for the date on which the interview took place, according to the Ethiopian calendar. This variable is only available for Ethiopian samples.

Century day codes (CDC) are particularly useful for checking the consistency of dates, calculating intervals between events, and imputing dates when the information for an event is missing or partially complete. They are similar to century month codes (CMC), but century day codes provide additional detail.

According to the DHS Program,

The century day code is analogous to the century month code and gives the number of days since the beginning of 1900 [in the Ethiopian calendar]. The century day code for a date of birth is computed in a similar manner to the century month code, using the reported day, month and year of birth, and the reported age in years for living children, as well as an imputation process for incompletely or inconsistently reported information. Note that for simplicity in the calculation of the century day code the assumption is that 1900 is a leap year, but this is also how Excel works too. This doesn't affect any calculations of age as all calculations are using a consistent base.
Age in years is then calculated by subtracting the century day code for the date of birth from the century day code for the date of interview, and dividing the result by 365.25 (allowing for a leap year every 4 years) and taking the integer part of the result to get completed years. For age in months, divide the difference between the date of interview CDC and the date of birth CDC by 30.4375 (365.25 divided by 12 months), and then take the integer part to get completed months.

Users should note that while INTDATECDC_ET is calculated the same way as INTDATECDC, with the number of days since 1900, INTDATECDC_ET uses the number of days since 1900 in the Ethiopian calendar. This corresponds to September 12, 1907 in the Gregorian calendar.

For more information about the calculation of century month codes, see INTDATECMC (V008).


INTDATECDC_ET (V008A_ET) has no comparability problems.

All standard date variables in the Ethiopian DHS samples are given in the Ethiopian calendar. The Ethiopian year consists of 365 days, divided into 12 months of 30 days and one month of 5 days (6 days in a leap year). According to the Gregorian calendar, in a non-leap year, the Ethiopian year begins September 11 and ends the following September 10. The 13th month of the Ethiopian calendar falls in early September. In general, the Ethiopian calendar is 92 months behind the Gregorian calendar.

Comparability - Standard DHS

INTDATECDC_ET (V008A_ET) is included as a standard recode variable beginning in Phase VII (for Ethiopian samples).


  • Ethiopia 2016: All women age 15-49.
  • Ethiopia 2019: All women age 15-49.
  • Ethiopia: 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-W, 2016-B, 2019-W, 2019-C, 2019-B