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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.




Working hard and not being counted? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa on ...

In 2013, the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) profoundly changed international labor statistics standards: One important change (among many) is that going forward, only work done for the ...

50x2030 SEMINAR

Integrating Surveys and Satellites for Agricultural Monitoring in Smallholder ...

Join us for the launch of the 50x2030 Seminar Series with a presentation of the findings of a new 50x2030 working paper.


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

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