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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

Employment and Own-Use Production in Household Surveys

This guidebook provides informed advice to statisticians and survey practitioners on the accurate measurement of employment and work in accordance with standards of the 19th International conference of labor statisticians (ICLS) and in the context of multi-topic household surveys.


Measuring Women and Men’s Work: Main Findings from a Joint ILO and World Bank ...

Between 2017 and 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank, in collaboration with the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) of Sri Lanka, completed a pilot study in Sri Lanka with the goal of developing guidance on good practice in the measurement of women and men’s work through household surveys. This report presents a first summary set of the findings of the pilot study, to generate guidance on the measurement of labour across different types of household surveys.


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