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The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

The World Bank's flagship household survey program since 1980.

Our programs

The LSMS strives to keep its programs aligned with the shifting global needs in policy and analytical priorities, as well as the latest advances in technology and survey methodology.




Advancing Gender Equality through Household Surveys: LSMS+

Every single data point has a human story. With support from the LSMS+ Program, countries as Cambodia are implementing a new generation of household surveys with improved methods to capture key dimensions of men’s and women’s economic opportunities and welfare.


High-frequency Phone Surveys on COVID-19

LSMS is supporting high-frequency phone surveys in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda to track responses to and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.

Access Our Data

LSMS Data Catalog

LSMS data are publicly available and open access: explore the full datasets in the World Bank’s Microdata Catalog

Disaggregated Survey Data on Taxation to Improve Policy Design: A Perspective ...

This survey brief summarizes findings from the tax module of the nationally representative 2018-19 Ethiopia socioeconomic survey (ESS). The tax module covers different types of formal and informal taxes that households and individuals pay, as well as informal contributions towards infrastructural improvements in the community.


Impact of COVID-19 on Learning : Evidence from Six Sub-Saharan African ...

This brief offers new analysis on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on learning outcomes for Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, and Uganda.


Survey of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) during COVID-19

A global online survey to assess the impact of the coronavirus crisis on statistical offices and to identify needs for financial and technical support.

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The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433
Center for Development Data (C4D2)
Via Labicana 110 Rome 00184, Italy