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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

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 and economic shocks.

LSMS Data Catalog

Access Our Data

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


Call for abstracts: The Ninth International Conference on Agricultural ...

The Ninth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS IX) is looking for abstracts. Submit your abstract by October 14! ICAS is an annual conference that focuses on fostering and leveraging best practices and research in response to the changing needs and opportunities for agricultural statistics. The ICAS IX will take place from May 17 – 19, 2023.


Pre-conference training session on Income and Wealth Measurement in Household ...

This session aims at to train graduate students, junior national statistics office (NSO) staff and other survey practitioners, as well as early career researchers in survey methods, in the fundamentals of collecting and analyzing information on household income and wealth via household surveys.

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