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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.




Key findings from the 2018/19 Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey

The Central Statistical Agency (CSA) of Ethiopia, in collaboration with the LSMS team, have released the results from the fourth wave (2018–19) of the Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey (ESS).

NSO Survey during COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on National Statistical Offices and the Future of ...

In this webinar, Francesca Perucci from UNSD and Gero Carletto, Manager of Data Production and Methods in DECDG, presented the results from the three rounds of the survey of NSOs during COVID-19 jointly conducted by the ...


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.
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LSMS Data Catalog

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

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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