November 1995 - Number 2

Databases Covered in the FLS Newsletter

The FLS Newsletter covers public-release versions of developing-country survey data collected by projects and centers under the RAND Labor and Population. There are currently three available databases: the First and Second Malaysian Family Life Surveys (MFLS-1 and MFLS-2) and the 1993 Indonesian Family Life Survey. Data from other surveys currently in the field or in the planning stages will be covered in detail as those surveys are fielded and the data released to the research community.

The Malaysian Family Life Surveys (MFLS)

The two MFLS surveys, which have partially overlapping samples, were designed by RAND and administered in Peninsular Malaysia in 1976-1977 (MFLS-1) and 1988-1989 (MFLS-2). Fieldwork for MFLS-1 was carried out by Survey Research Malaysia, Sdn. Bhd., and for MFLS-2, by the National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia. Each survey collected detailed current and retrospective information on family structure, fertility, economic status, education/training, transfers, migration, and many other topics. Each survey also collected a set of community-level data. The MFLS-1 covered 1,262 households with an ever-married woman across 52 communities; the MFLS-2 reinterviewed 926 of those MFLS-1 households (the "Panel" sample) and a subset of adult children from those original households (the "Children" sample). It also interviewed a new sample of 2,184 women aged 18 to 49, regardless of marital status (the "New" sample) and a sample of 1,357 older Malaysians, age 50 and above (the "Senior" sample). The New and Senior data were drawn from 398 communities. The MFLS data were described in the first FLS Newsletter (February 1994). Information on how to obtain the data and whom to contact if you have questions about the MFLS data are available.

The Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS)

The IFLS data are the primary focus of this issue of the FLS Newsletter.

The Encuesta Guatemalteca de Salud Familiar (EGSF) (Guatemalan Survey of Family Health)

Noreen Goldman of Princeton University and Anne Pebley of RAND are the principal investigators of the Encuesta Guatemalteca de Salud Familiar (EGSF), Guatemalan Survey of Family Health, which is being carried out in collaboration with the Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala. The survey aims to collect individual level data on health problems, practices, and beliefs related to pregnancy and children under 5 years of age. Respondents are women 18 to 35 years old living in a sample of 60 rural communities across 4 departments of Guatemala. The expected sample size is 3,000 women. The individual survey also collects information on social support, family economic status, and anthropometry from women and children. The survey also includes interviews in each community with key informants and health care providers (including traditional practitioners). Fieldwork ended in October 1995, and data entry is scheduled to end in February 1996. The data are projected to be released publicly in 1997. For further information, contact Anne Pebley via e-mail at, or Noreen Goldman at