LAC Equity Lab: Resources
POVERTY & INEQUALITY MONITORING
 
POVERTY & LABOR BRIEFS
 
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
 
ABOUT THE SEDLAC DATA
 
TECHNICAL NOTES
 
MORE RESEARCH ON POVERTY
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
  • What is the SEDLAC data?

SEDLAC, the Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and Caribbean, is produced by the University of La Plata’s center for Distributional, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) and The World Bank’s Poverty Global Practice (GPVDR). This project aims to improve the comparability of social and economic statistics across 25 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. This involves the harmonization of household survey variables in eight categories: income, demographics, education, employment, infrastructure, durable goods and services, and aggregate welfare. Keep in mind that creating and maintaining a large-scale harmonized dataset project like SEDLAC, composed of more than 400 harmonized household surveys, requires constant revision and quality control of variables and statistics. As a result, data may be revised and updated after indicators are published, resulting in the possibility of changes to indicators in later versions. We recommend that users record the date in which indicators were retrieved from the website. 

  • What countries are included in the indicators reported at the LAC and subregional level? 

Since our indicators are based on harmonized household surveys included in the SEDLAC project, all of the indicators reported here as LAC rely on data for only 17 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The three subregions include the following countries: Central America: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama; Andean Region: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.​ Brazil and Mexico, the two most populous countries in the region, are reported separately.

  • How do our data differ from Povcalnet and WDI?

Povcalnet and WDI are a global effort while the LAC Equity Lab is limited to the LAC region. The biggest difference between our numbers and those published annually by the Bank in Povcalnet and the WDI is that we update ours more frequently and at different intervals.

  • How do I export all the underlying data from a dashboard?

To download data in a user-friendly format simply click on the green “csv” button on the top right corner of your dashboard. This will open a new tab in your browser with a table displaying the data. To download this to excel, click on the export crosstab option at the bottom of the screen.

  • I am having problems exporting images/data from the dashboard. Why?

One issue we have encountered (and which may be browser-specific) is that the export option for the pdf and crosstab options results in an error message. If you are experiencing this, simply press the CTRL key as you click on the download button in the export pop up as shown below:

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POVERTY & INEQUALITY MONITORING
POVERTY & LABOR BRIEFS
 
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
 
ABOUT THE SEDLAC DATA
 
TECHNICAL NOTES
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
  • What is the SEDLAC data?

SEDLAC, the Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and Caribbean, is produced by the University of La Plata’s center for Distributional, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) and The World Bank’s Poverty Global Practice (GPVDR). This project aims to improve the comparability of social and economic statistics across 25 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. This involves the harmonization of household survey variables in eight categories: income, demographics, education, employment, infrastructure, durable goods and services, and aggregate welfare. Keep in mind that creating and maintaining a large-scale harmonized dataset project like SEDLAC, composed of more than 400 harmonized household surveys, requires constant revision and quality control of variables and statistics. As a result, data may be revised and updated after indicators are published, resulting in the possibility of changes to indicators in later versions. We recommend that users record the date in which indicators were retrieved from the website. 

  • What countries are included in the indicators reported at the LAC and subregional level? 

Since our indicators are based on harmonized household surveys included in the SEDLAC project, all of the indicators reported here as LAC rely on data for only 17 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The three subregions include the following countries: Central America: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama; Andean Region: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.​ Brazil and Mexico, the two most populous countries in the region, are reported separately.

  • How do our data differ from Povcalnet and WDI?

Povcalnet and WDI are a global effort while the LAC Equity Lab is limited to the LAC region. The biggest difference between our numbers and those published annually by the Bank in Povcalnet and the WDI is that we update ours more frequently and at different intervals.

  • How do I export all the underlying data from a dashboard?

To download data in a user-friendly format simply click on the green “csv” button on the top right corner of your dashboard. This will open a new tab in your browser with a table displaying the data. To download this to excel, click on the export crosstab option at the bottom of the screen.

  • I am having problems exporting images/data from the dashboard. Why?

One issue we have encountered (and which may be browser-specific) is that the export option for the pdf and crosstab options results in an error message. If you are experiencing this, simply press the CTRL key as you click on the download button in the export pop up as shown below: