Indonesian Family Life Survey, 1993 (ICPSR 6706)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Paul Gertler; Lembaga Demografi; RAND Corporation


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This release of the 1993 Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS-1-PR) is a revised and restructured version of the Wave 1 data. This data collection provides a broad range of economic, demographic, and health information at both the household and community levels across 13 provinces on the islands of Java, Sumatra, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi. A sample of 7,224 households was interviewed during August 1993 through January 1994. Household-level data cover topics such as household characteristics, income, education of both adults and children, marriage histories, inter-household transfers, pregnancy history, and knowledge and use of contraceptives. At the community-facility level, information was gathered from village leaders and heads of village women's groups in each of the 321 enumeration areas (EAs) where the households were located. Questions were asked regarding community characteristics (transportation, water and sanitation, history of schools, and availability of health facilities), nurses, midwives, and paramedics (facility management and family planning history, vignettes on types of care), and traditional health practitioners (buying or making herbal medicines or using services of traditional practitioners, rituals, and incantations). When the household data are combined with the community-facility data, the 1993 Indonesian Family Life Survey provides a unique look at areas of fertility, family planning, infant and child health, education, migration, employment, and the social, economic, and health status of over 7,000 households in a diverse setting during a period of rapid demographic and socioeconomic change.

As of June 2015, there are four waves of data for the IFLS. However, a fifth wave of data collection has begun. Please see the IFLS Web site for more information on how to obtain these data.

Gertler, Paul, Lembaga Demografi, and RAND Corporation. Indonesian Family Life Survey, 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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1993-08 -- 1994-01

Reference should be made to the codebooks and/or questionnaire for clarification of missing data and value labels.

The codebooks, data collection instruments, and other documentation have been provided by RAND as Portable Document Format (PDF) files, except for Part 164, Documentation for Community/Facility Data--Community Identifier, EA-Based, which is an ASCII text file.

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Two samples were drawn for this study: Household and Community/Facility. The Household sample consists of a stratified random sample of 7,700 households in 13 Indonesian provinces. The Community/Facility sample was based on availability of facilities to household respondents.

All households within 321 enumeration areas in 13 Indonesian provinces.

personal interviews

survey data



2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 170 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

2003-01-31 Part 21 and corresponding data definition statements have been updated to correct column locations.

2000-06-23 The data have been reorganized and resupplied by the principal investigator. Users may consult the IFLS-1RR documentation for details on changes to the data collection.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 169 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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