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Child's year of birth (Ethiopian calendar)

KIDBIRTHYR_ET_ALL (B2_x) variables are 4-digit variables.


9999 = NIU (not in universe)


KIDBIRTHYR_ET_ALL (B2_x) reports the child's year of birth, according to the Ethiopian calendar. This variable is only available for the Ethiopian samples.

KIDBIRTHYR_ET_ALL consists of a set of twenty separate variables, covering the most recent birth (KIDBIRTHYR_01) up to the twentieth-most-recent birth (KIDBIRTHYR_20) for a female respondent of childbearing age. If KIDBIRTHYR_ET_ALL is included in a data extract, all these separate variables are included in a researcher's data file.

Information for this variable was collected on all births for a woman, up to a maximum of twenty births. In many cases, data were hypothetically collected on up to twenty births, but no women in the survey had so many births (e.g., no woman had 19 or 20 births). If, for example, no woman in a survey had 20 births and only blank values were included in the original DHS file, then KIDBIRTHYR_20 would not be available for that survey in IPUMS-DHS.


KIDBIRTHYR_ET_ALL (B2_x) has no comparability problems across Ethiopian samples.

All standard date variables in Ethiopia 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, the Ethiopian year begins September 11 and ends the following September 10. The 13th month of the Ethiopian calendar falls in September. It is only possible to convert dates given in the Ethiopian calendar to the Gregorian calendar when the exact date (day, month and year) is available. Otherwise, it is only possible to approximate to the month. In general, the Ethiopian calendar is 92 months behind the Gregorian calendar.

Comparability - Standard DHS

KIDBIRTHYR_ET_ALL (B2_x) is included in every phase of the standard DHS questionnaire for Ethiopian samples.


  • Women age 15-49 with at least one birth.
  • Ethiopia: 2000-W, 2005-W, 2005-W, 2011-W, 2011-W, 2016-W, 2016-W