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Palestine - Expenditure and Consumption Survey, PECS 1998 (For documentation only)

School attendance status (PATSCH)
File: Pal_1998_Person
Type: Discrete
Format: numeric
Width: 1
Decimals: 0
Range: 0-1
Valid cases: 10907 (10837)
Invalid: 9206 (9125)
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 1
Mean: 0.2 (0.2)
Standard deviation: 0.4 (0.4)
Indicates whether the individual is currently attending school
All individuals aged 12+
Source of information
Data Dictionary & Questionnaire/Codebook
0 No 9180 9118 84.1%
1 Yes 1727 1719 15.9%
Sysmiss 9206 9125
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
Imputation and Derivation
Original survey variable recoded/renamed (Ref: Data dictionary.pdf)
If person on short school holiday when interviewed, he or she is considered to be at school. However, if the person is on the holiday between two years of schooling, one cannot assume that he/she will continue schooling into the next year.
Variable can be created using either attendance or enrolment question (since typically just one of them is available in each survey). In the case that both questions were available, attendance question MUST be used.
This variable must ALWAYS have a note specifying which question (attendance/ enrolment) had been used to create it.
Does not include pre-school or kindergarten programs.
Value must be missing for others.
Does not require one to have completed any level.
Adults currently attending literacy programs are considered as attending school (PATSCH = 1)
In case the person is not currently attending school but there is no information on whether he attended school and left or never attended school use information from PEDUC to impute the right value.

This variable was only generated for household members aged 12 years or older, using the main activity status variable since no information on current attendance of school is available for all household members in the original data files. It takes the value “1” for household members identified as students in the main activity status, and “zero” for other household members aged 12+ and missing for household members aged 0-11 years

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