Codes and Frequencies
Most IPUMS data transformations are performed using variable harmonization tables that specify how each value in the source data is recoded. Some variables also require programming logic in addition to the harmonization table. The harmonization documents for this variable are:
DISTPK identifies the household's district within Pakistan in all sample years. Districts are the third level administrative units of the country, after administrative division. DISTPK is harmonized by name and does not account for boundary changes over time.
The full set of geography variables for Pakistan can be found in the IPUMS International Geography variables list. For cross-national geographic analysis on the first and second major administrative level refer to GEOLEV1 and GEOLEV2. More information on IPUMS-International geography can be found here.
Comparability — General
All Pakistan samples exclude the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan) and Kashmir.
There were many changes during the 1973-1998, which created new districts in the 1981 and 1998 samples. The districts in all samples are ordered based on the divisions in the 1998 sample.
DISTPK does not account for boundary changes, but users should be aware that there might have been changes over time.
Where officially-defined districts have populations less than 20,000, they have been regionalized (combined) with neighboring districts.
- All households
- Pakistan: 1973, 1981, 1998