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Table 3.

Guidelines used for the identification of socio-economic class.

ClassificationDescription
DwellingsLocationFurnishing
AB (extremely rich/rich class) Heavy/high quality materials; very well constructed and maintained; well painted; with garden Expensive neighborhood Expensive 
C (middle class) Mixed heavy and light materials; well-constructed and painted; may or may not have garden Mixed neighborhood of large and small houses Adequate 
D (poor) Light and cheap materials; poorly constructed; no garden Crowded and shabby surroundings Scanty 
E (extremely poor) Shanty type of dwelling; small and dilapidated; poorly constructed Informal settlements, slums Bare 
ClassificationDescription
DwellingsLocationFurnishing
AB (extremely rich/rich class) Heavy/high quality materials; very well constructed and maintained; well painted; with garden Expensive neighborhood Expensive 
C (middle class) Mixed heavy and light materials; well-constructed and painted; may or may not have garden Mixed neighborhood of large and small houses Adequate 
D (poor) Light and cheap materials; poorly constructed; no garden Crowded and shabby surroundings Scanty 
E (extremely poor) Shanty type of dwelling; small and dilapidated; poorly constructed Informal settlements, slums Bare 

Adapted from UP NEC (2013). Used as proxy for wealth or household income, the ABCDE classification is based on the community where the household is located, the construction materials used, and available furnishings.

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