WEALTHSHH (HV271) refers to the household's wealth index value generated by the product of standardized scores (z-scores) and factor coefficient scores (factor loadings) of wealth indicators. Most researchers will want to use instead the complementary variable WEALTHQHH (HV270), which reports quintile ranking (from poorest to richest) of the household, in terms of wealth score, for a given sample.
For additional information about the calculation and meaning of the wealth index, users should consult the summary information available on the DHS Program website, including The DHS Program - Research Topics - Wealth Index [URL omitted from DDI.] and The DHS Wealth Index [URL omitted from DDI.], a DHS Comparative Report.
The variables used to calculate wealth index scores are sample-specific. See Comparability.