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Type Report
Title Sampling weights for analyses of couple data in Demographic and Health Surveys
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Publisher Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
URL https://www.amstat.org/sections/SRMS/Proceedings/y2009/Files/305750.pdf
Abstract
In demographic and health surveys (DHS) sometimes both women and men are interviewed in selected households allowing matching of partner information and analyses of couples. Typically individual data from such sample surveys have sampling weights which incorporate factors for both the probability of selection and non-response. For analyses of couple data neither the weights for females nor the weights for males are appropriate. We present formula for estimating the appropriate weights and apply these to an example data set of couples (The Dominican Republic DHS of 1996). To see how results vary when using male or female weights instead of couple weights, we analyze couple data from this DHS survey which has wide variability in response rates and sampling weight. Utilizing women’s weights, results for means and standard errors are within 2% of the values using couple weights in 23 of 28 comparisons, and 22 of 28 are within 2% using men’s weights. Calculation and use of couple weights is straightforward and desirable

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