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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.




Gender Differences in Asset Ownership and Labor Market Outcomes in Low- and ...

This webinar will launch LSMS+ reports focused on (i) gender differences in asset ownership and labor market outcomes in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania - based on LSMS+ survey data collected between 2016 and ...


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

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.


COVID-19 phone surveys: new harmonized datafiles and variables available

To facilitate the use of the data collected through High-Frequency Phone Surveys on COVID-19, LSMS is creating harmonized datafiles for all LSMS-supported countries.

Contact Us

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