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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 12 No. 1 (Winter 1998)

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Data Watch: The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study Household Surveys

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Grosh, Margaret E., and Paul Glewwe. 1998. "Data Watch: The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study Household Surveys." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 12(1): 187-196.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.12.1.187

Abstract

Since 1985, the World Bank has been collecting household survey data in developing countries that provide a rich source of information for assessing household welfare, understanding household behavior, and evaluating the impact of government policies. This article describes these household surveys, known as Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) surveys, and explains how to obtain their data. LSMS surveys have been implemented in over twenty developing countries and have been used to analyze poverty, labor markets, health and education pricing policies, determinants of school performance, savings and consumption smoothing, health and nutrition policies, and gender and fertility issues.

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Grosh, Margaret E. (World Bank)
Glewwe, Paul (World Bank)

JEL Classifications

I31: General Welfare
O19: International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
D12: Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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