Birth order for all natural children ever had by a mother
Dear User support team,
I would like to have a birth order variable for all natural children observed for a given mother in Understanding Society (all waves). The variable would take value 1 for first born, 2 for second born and so on. In order to assign the right birth order to each observed child I need to take into account children who are absent from the household too. I have read issue #947 and seen that it is possible to derive the number of natural children ever had, plus their respective year and month of birth, from a_indall (for resident children) and a_natchild (for non-resident children). I could consequently work out the birth order from there, presumably?
However I have noticed that in dataset a_natchild there's variable a_childno, ranging from 1-20. Is a_childno reporting birth order already? Or the respondent is listing children randomly?
Many thanks in advance for your help,