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Table 1 Variable names, definitions, and descriptive statistics related to food security levels

From: Determinants of household food insecurity in Mexico

     Food insecurity
Variable Definition All obs. Food security Very low Moderate Severe
Proportion of Households   100 % 59 % 18 % 12 % 10 %
Household Head Characteristics      
 Age < =30 Dummy variable, 1 if household head's age is < =30, 0 otherwise. 14 % 13 % 15 % 15 % 14 %
 Age 31-45 Dummy variable, 1 if household head's is age > =31 and < =45, 0 otherwise. 35 % 35 % 34 % 41 % 35 %
 Age 46-60 Dummy variable, 1 if household head's is age > =46 and < =60, 0 otherwise. 29 % 30 % 28 % 27 % 29 %
 Age > =61 Dummy variable, 1 if household head's is age > =61, 0 otherwise. 21 % 22 % 22 % 17 % 21 %
TOTAL   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
 Male Dummy variable, 1 if household head's gender is male, 0 otherwise. 76 % 77 % 78 % 76 % 71 %
 Female Dummy variable, 1 if household head's gender is female, 0 otherwise. 24 % 23 % 22 % 24 % 29 %
   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
 No Formal education Dummy variable, 1 if household head has no formal education, 0 otherwise. 9 % 6 % 11 % 12 % 18 %
 Elementary Dummy variable, 1 if household head has elementary school as maximum level of formal education, 0 otherwise. 37 % 32 % 44 % 47 % 47 %
 Secondary Dummy variable, 1 if household head has high school as maximum level of formal education, 0 otherwise. 27 % 27 % 29 % 28 % 26 %
 High School Dummy variable, 1 if household head has junior high school as maximum level of formal education, 0 otherwise. 12 % 15 % 10 % 8 % 7 %
 College Dummy variable, 1 if household head has college or graduate school as formal education, 0 otherwise. 15 % 21 % 7 % 4 % 3 %
TOTAL   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
Household Characteristics       
 “SWD” Mother Dummy variable, 1 if household is headed by a single, widowed or divorced mother, 0 otherwise. 20 % 19 % 18 % 19 % 24 %
 Disabled Person Dummy variable, 1 if there is at least one disabled household member, 0 otherwise. 16 % 12 % 18 % 23 % 24 %
 Indigenous background Dummy variable, 1 if there is at least one household member that speaks a native language, 0 otherwise. 9 % 6 % 11 % 14 % 15 %
TOTAL   45 % 37 % 47 % 56 % 63 %
 Lower Income Dummy variable, 1 if household income is below the food poverty line, 0 otherwise. 16 % 9 % 22 % 30 % 34 %
 Low Income Dummy variable, 1 if household income is above the food poverty line but below the assets poverty line, 0 otherwise. 27 % 22 % 35 % 36 % 34 %
 Middle Income Dummy variable, 1 if household income is higher than the assets poverty line but lower than twice the assets poverty line, 0 otherwise. 31 % 32 % 31 % 27 % 23 %
 Higher Income Dummy variable, 1 if household income is higher than twice the assets poverty line, 0 otherwise. 26 % 37 % 12 % 7 % 9 %
TOTAL   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
 Social Program Participant Dummy variable, 1 if household receives benefits from a conditional cash transfer program (Oportunidades or Apoyo Alimentario), 0 otherwise. 18 % 11 % 25 % 30 % 30 %
 Agricultural Household Dummy variable, 1 if at least 1/4 of household's income comes from agricultural activities, 0 otherwise. 2 % 2 % 3 % 2 % 2 %
 Unitary Household Dummy variable, 1 if (household head = 1 and spouse = 0 and children = 0 and relatives = 0 and no relatives = 0), 0 otherwise. 10 % 11 % 6 % 6 % 13 %
 Traditional Household Dummy variable, 1 if (household head = 1 and (spouse > 0 or children > 0) and relatives = 0 and no relatives = 0), 0 otherwise. 66 % 67 % 67 % 66 % 61 %
 Extended Household Dummy variable, 1 if (household head = 1 and (spouse > 0 or children > 0 or relatives > 0) and no relatives = 0), 0 otherwise. 23 % 21 % 26 % 28 % 25 %
 Composite Household Dummy variable, 1 if (household head = 1 and (spouse > 0 or children > 0 or relatives > 0) and no relatives > 0), 0 otherwise. 1 % 1 % 1 % 1 % 1 %
 Co-resident Household Dummy variable, 1 if (household head = 1 and spouse = 0 and children = 0 and relatives = 0 and no relatives > 0), 0 otherwise. 0 % 1 % 0 % 0 % 0 %
TOTAL   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
 Kids 0 Dummy variable, 1 if there are no kids (<18 y old), 0 otherwise. 36 % 42 % 29 % 20 % 35 %
 Kids 1 Dummy variable, 1 if there is 1 kid, 0 otherwise. 22 % 22 % 24 % 22 % 15 %
 Kids 2 Dummy variable, 1 if there are 2 children, 0 otherwise. 22 % 21 % 24 % 27 % 19 %
 Kids 3 Dummy variable, 1 if there are 3 children, 0 otherwise. 13 % 10 % 15 % 19 % 16 %
 Kids 4 Dummy variable, 1 if there are 4 children, 0 otherwise. 4 % 3 % 5 % 7 % 8 %
 Kids >4 Dummy variable, 1 if there are more than 4 children, 0 otherwise. 3 % 1 % 3 % 5 % 7 %
TOTAL   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
Community and Regional Variables      
 Large City Dummy variable, 1 if the household is located in a city with more than 100,000 inhabitants, 0 otherwise. 51 % 58 % 40 % 40 % 40 %
 Medium City Dummy variable, 1 if the household is located in a city with population between 15,000 and 99,999 inhabitants, 0 otherwise. 15 % 15 % 15 % 14 % 14 %
 Small City Dummy variable, 1 if the household is located in a city with population between 2,500 and 14,999 inhabitants, 0 otherwise. 14 % 12 % 16 % 16 % 16 %
 Rural Community Dummy variable, 1 if the household is located in a city with less than 2,500 inhabitants, 0 otherwise. 21 % 16 % 28 % 29 % 31 %
TOTAL   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
 Region 1 Dummy variable, 1 if the household is in Socioeconomic Region 1 (Chiapas, Guerrero, and Oaxaca), 0 otherwise. 10 % 7 % 14 % 14 % 12 %
 Region 2 Dummy variable, 1 if the household is in Socioeconomic Region 2 (Campeche, Hidalgo, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco, and Veracruz), 0 otherwise. 19 % 17 % 22 % 22 % 23 %
 Region 3 Dummy variable, 1 if the household is in Socioeconomic Region 3 (Durango, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Tlaxcala, and Zacatecas), 0 otherwise. 12 % 12 % 12 % 12 % 12 %
 Region 4 Dummy variable, 1 if the household is in Socioeconomic Region 4 (Colima, Estado de Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, and Yucatan), 0 otherwise. 23 % 22 % 25 % 27 % 24 %
 Region 5 Dummy variable, 1 if the household is in Socioeconomic Region 5 (Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Sonora, and Tamaulipas), 0 otherwise. 13 % 15 % 9 % 8 % 11 %
 Region 6 Dummy variable, 1 if the household is in Socioeconomic Region 6 (Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Jalisco, and Nuevo Leon), 0 otherwise. 14 % 15 % 13 % 11 % 12 %
 Region 7 Dummy variable, 1 if the household is in Socioeconomic Region 7 (Mexico City), 0 otherwise. 9 % 11 % 6 % 5 % 6 %
TOTAL   100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
  1. Weighted summary statistics reported. Sample size: 61,467 households