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Table 2 Summary statistics of explanatory variables

From: Women’s empowerment and fertility preferences in high fertility countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Variables Burkina Faso Mali Niger Chad
Social and demographic
Place of residence (%)
  Rural 79.1 75.8 76.0 78.6
  Urban 28.9 24.1 23.9 21.3
Husband education (%)
 None 88.1 82.5 86.1 75.4
 Primary 8.1 6.9 7.6 13.9
 Secondary 3.3 8.4 4.1 9.1
 Tertiary (High school) 0.5 2.1 2.2 1.7
Household size (%)
 1–3 4.3 3.4 4.0 6.1
 4–6 26.4 29.0 26.3 26.5
 7–9 32.1 39.0 35.5 38.4
 10 – 37.3 28.5 34.1 29.0
No. of living children (%)
 0 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.1
 1–2 3.0 3.8 2.4 2.0
 3–4 21.0 20.7 16.7 12.8
 >=5 75.8 75.3 80.6 85.00
Religion (%)
 None 1.2 1.8 0.1 2.6
 Muslim 58.0 93.0 99.1 66.8
 Christian 28.5 4.1 0.5 30.2
 Animist 12.2 1.1 0.2 0.3
Women
 Mean ideal number of children v613 6.9 6.7 10.2 9.5
 Ideal no. of children (%)
 0–2 0.8 2.1 0.7 0.7
 3–5 27.3 25.0 7.2 8.9
 >= 6 71.8 72.8 92.1 90.3
 Had more Children than ideal (%) 38.7 42.3 13.4 16.4
Husbands
 Husband ideal number of children 6.6 8.1 11.1 12.7
 Ideal no. of children (%)
 0–2 4.0 1.4 0.6 1.4
 3–5 47.6 24.8 15.9 16.1
 >= 6 48.5 73.8 83.5 82.5
Ideal no. of children relative to wife’s (%)
 Agrees 28.1 19.3 9.1 13.3
 Higher 55.1 34.8 44.2 34.1
 Lower 3.2 4.2 1.3 2.5
Number of women 4020 1307 1160 837