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Municipality of birth recode, Colombia

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      class Bplco2:public Editor {

    Bplco2(VarPointer varInfo) : Editor(varInfo) {}
    void edit() {

        long a = getRecoded();
        switch (dataSet) {
        case dataset_id::co1993a:
            if (CO1993A_0415() == 99999 && CO1993A_0413() == 3)
                a = 990;
            if (CO1993A_0415() == 99999 && CO1993A_0413() == 1)
                a = Z_MUNICO(0);




BPLCO2 indicates the person's recoded municipality of birth within Colombia. The geographic units identified in BPLCO2 are combinations of municipalities totaling 20,000 or more population in 1993 (see MUNICO).

Comparability — General

BPLCO2 is comparable across samples. The municipality groupings have the same composition in all years, except insofar as some municipalities were created out of old ones over the decades. Most such changes occurred between 1993 and 2005, and were concentrated in Bolívar, Chocó, La Guajira, Magdalena departments. The composition of the municipalities is detailed in the code labels.

For the country of birth of foreign-born persons in 1964, 1973, 1993, and 2005 see BPLCOUNTRY. For department of birth, see BPLCO1. For information on whether the respondent was living in the same municipality in which they were born, see BPLCO3.


  • All persons


  • Colombia: 1973, 1993, 2005