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:
MESOBR indicates the "Mesorregião Geográfica" (mesoregion) in Brazil where the household was enumerated for the 1980 - 2010 samples. MESOBR is harmonized by name and does not account for boundary changes over time.
The full set of geography variables for Brazil 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
Mesoregions are combinations of municipalities -- the second administrative level for Brazil, beneath states. They are stable geographically over time, with minor exceptions, and divide the entire country into relatively coherent geographic units under the level of states. There have been many changes in the boundaries and existence of municipalities over time.
- All households
- Brazil: 1980, 1991, 2000, 2010