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Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

Series type 
Longitudinal survey
Multinational survey family
Time period 
1990 - present

The Living Standards Measurement Study is ongoing as of 2012. LSMS in general are living conditions surveys that provide data for conducting assessments of poverty. Most are nationally-representative, but some are subnational. The stated objective of the LSMS program is to improve the type and quality of household data collected in developing countries and to increase usage of those data for policy decision making. While not all LSMS are the same, many include anthropometric measurements, health status, fertility, and education in addition to employment, income and household expenditure sections. Many of the LSMS also include a community questionnaire to assess available community services and infrastructure, including health services.

Other survey projects of interest implemented by the LSMS team are the Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) series and the COVID-19 High Frequency Phone Survey.

For more information on the LSMS program, particularly in the early years, refer to "A guide to living standards measurement study surveys and their data sets" by Margaret E. Grosh and Paul Glewwe, available from the World Bank Web site.

If you are looking for LSMS-type data, depending on your interest, you might search for household budget and income and expenditure data, data that cover health status and disability, or personal health expenditure data. 


Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) Dataset Records

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Peru Living Standards Measurement Survey 1994

Living Standards Survey, Nacional la Encuesta de Hogares sobre Medición de Niveles de Vida (ENNIV), Encuesta Nacional de Niveles de Vida 1994
Survey: Household - Longitudinal

Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions 1989-1990

Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions 1989-2 (SLC89-2, SLC Round 3)
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative