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The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS)

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

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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.

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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

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
GUIDEBOOK

Agricultural Survey Design

This guidebook aggregates innovations in agricultural survey design to provide recommendations for researchers, survey practitioners and policy analysts on lessons learned in survey design, while also highlighting topics for which more research is required to provide a conclusive survey design recommendation

GUIDEBOOK

Measuring Agricultural Labor

This guidebook offers suggestions for survey practitioners on measuring work carried out on household farms in household and agricultural surveys. The methods and recommendations presented are relevant for integrated and multi-topic household surveys, other smaller-scale household surveys, agricultural sample surveys, and agricultural censuses.

NSO SURVEY

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
lsms@worldbank.org
Center for Development Data (C4D2)
Via Labicana 110 Rome 00184, Italy
c4d2@worldbank.org