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Table 2 Selected socioeconomic characteristics of households overall and by country (n = 789)

From: Measuring socioeconomic status in multicountry studies: results from the eight-country MAL-ED study

   Overall Bangladesh Brazil India Nepal Pakistan Peru South Africa Tanzania
  Sample size 789 99 98 100 100 98 99 96 99
Wealth indicators Separate room for a kitchen 50% 10% 87% 23% 73% 27% 85% 74% 21%
Household bank account 31% 23% 21% 10% 62% 39% 15% 76% 2%
Mattress 58% 66% 98% 1% 99% 13% 82% 66% 39%
Refrigerator 31% 12% 88% 3% 24% 27% 21% 78% 0%
TV 63% 55% 97% 69% 90% 61% 68% 68% 0%
People per room (mean) 1.7 3.7 1.3 3.9 2.5 5.5 1.6 1.2 1.7
Table 57% 29% 86% 21% 65% 50% 100% 74% 33%
Chair or bench 61% 37% 94% 59% 68% 21% 95% 95% 16%
Education Mean maternal education (years) 6.4 3.7 7.8 6.7 6.6 3.3 7.8 10.1 5.3
Hygiene Improved water source 86% 100% 100% 100% 98% 100% 98% 65% 28%
  Improved sanitation facility 72% 100% 100% 37% 100% 74% 84% 84% 1%
  1. Wealth indicators are listed in terms of variable importance (highest to lowest) in predicting height-for-age Z-score, based on the random forests approach.