Table 2: Ordered probit regression analysis of wealth status ranking on selected individual characteristics, Malawi DHS 2010.

VariableCoefficient -statistic

Age0.0217.44*
Current marital status
 Never married (r)
 Married/cohabiting−0.43−19.51*
 Widowed/divorced/separated−0.58−19.32*
Sex of household head
 Male (r) —
 Female−0.31−16.50*
Region of residence
 Northern (r) —
 Central−0.47−22.68*
 Southern−0.23−11.66*
Religion
 Mainstream Christianity (r) —
 Other Christianity−0.32−20.77*
 Islam−0.17−7.23*
Formal schooling
 None (r) —
 Some schooling0.5927.02*
LR 2,718.46
Prob 0.000
Log likelihood−35353.10

Number of observations22,814

significant at ; “r”: reference category.