Variable HL5 : Age

Type: Continuous
Format: numeric
Width: 8
Decimal(s): 0
Range: 0-99
Valid case(s): 29126 (29126)
Invalid: 0 (0)
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 99

File: hl

De jure household members (usual residents)
Source of information
Head of household or other responsible household member


Value Category
97 97+
98 DK
99 Missing

Literal question
How old is (name)?

How old was (name) on his/her last birthday?
Record in completed years

* See instructions: to be used only for elderly household members (code meaning "do not know/over age 50").
Interviewer instructions
Enter each person's age in completed years, that is, his/her age at his/her last birthday. Completed age is also defined as 'the number of completed solar years since birth'. With this definition, since a 6-month-old baby has not completed a full solar year, his/her age will be entered as '00'. Note that you will be obtaining more accurate estimates of children's ages later. 

This column should never be left blank.

If you have difficulty obtaining the ages of very elderly members of the household, you may enter the code '98', meaning 'Doesn't know/over age 50'. For household members younger than 50, completed ages must be entered.
Generated: OCT-21-2009 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit