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Benin, Commune 1979 - 2013 [Level 2; consistent boundaries, GIS]

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GEO2_BJ identifies the household's commune within Benin in all sample years. Communes are the second level administrative units of the country, after departments. GEO2_BJ is spatially harmonized to account for political boundary changes across census years. Some detail is lost in harmonization. A GIS map (in shapefile format), corresponding to GEO2_BJ can be downloaded from the GIS Boundary files page in the IPUMS International web site.

The full set of geography variables for Benin can be found in the IPUMS International Geography variables list. For cross-national geographic analysis on the first and second major administrative level of any country refer to GEOLEV1, and GEOLEV2. More information on IPUMS-International geography can be found here.

Comparability — General

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  • All households


  • Benin: 1979, 1992, 2002, 2013