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Table 3 Characteristics of Sri Lankan households 2016

From: Cherish your children: socio-economic and demographic characteristics associated with child mortality

Variable Analytical Sample (N = 21,756)
% (Means if numerical) Std. deviation
Dependent Variable
Child Mortality   
  Yes 0.68%
  No 99.32%
Independent Variables
Socio-economic Characteristics   
Place of Residence   
  Province-Wise   
  Western 22.73%  
  Central 12.70%  
  Southern 14.68%  
  Northern 9.21%  
  Eastern 8.99%  
  North Eastern 10.45%  
  North Central 6.27%  
  Uva 6.04%  
  Sabaragamuwa 8.93%  
Sector-Wise
 Urban 15.76%  
 Rural 79.95%  
 Estate 4.29%  
Income 16.2915 23.7123
Household Head’s Education Level
 Non-schooling 3.42%  
 Primary 22.81%  
 Secondary 22.68%  
 Tertiary 48.12%  
 Higher 2.93%  
 Special 0.03%  
Sources of Drinking Water
 Protected well-within premises 32.24%  
 Protected well-outside premises 11.25%  
 Unprotected well 2.60%  
 Tap inside home 25.83%  
 Tap within premises 5.64%  
 Tap-outside premises 1.69%  
 Project in village 7.12%  
 Tube well 3.61%  
 Bowser 0.77%  
 River/Tank/Streams 5.67%  
 Rainwater 0.09%  
 Bottled water 0.62%  
 Other 2.87%  
Toilet facility type
 Water seal-connected to pit 92.42%  
 Water seal-connected to drainage system 3.54%  
 Not water sealed 1.45%  
 Direct pit 1.46%  
 Other toilet types 0.14%  
Household Head’s Employability Status
 Government 36.63%  
 Semi-government 2.21%  
 Private 30.26%  
 Employer 2.11%  
 Own account worker 28.33%  
 Unpaid family worker 0.47%  
Demographic Characteristics
 Household Head’s Age 52.62 14.05
Religion
 Buddhist 68.64%  
 Hindu 15.30%  
 Islam 8.59%  
 Roman Catholic/Other Christian 7.46%  
 Other 0.01%  
Ethnicity
 Sinhalese 72.52%  
 Sri Lankan Tamil 15.07%  
 Indian Tamil 3.62%  
 Sri Lankan Moors 8.38%  
 Malay 0.22%  
 Burgher 0.13%  
 Other 0.05%  
  1. Source: Authors’ compilation based on the DCS [48]