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Title of survey:Living Standards Measurement Study Survey Nicaragua 1998 Living Standards Measurement Study Survey

Organization: Nicaragua Statistical Office
Contact information:

SURVEY DESIGN & OBJECTIVES

The survey was designed to provide policy relevant data on living conditions in Nicaragua for use by the government in designing a poverty alleviation strategy. A module on time use was included to explore more fully issues of labor behavior, how households make decisions on regarding tradeoffs, and how government policies can be developed regarding development of employment programs, infrastructure needs, etc.

METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION

Interviews with all household members age 6 and older

SURVEY INSTRUMENTS
Description

The Nicaragua household questionnaire is a multi-topic questionnaire which includes modules on housing, health, education, economic activity, fertility, time use, household enterprises, household expenditures, agricultural activities, and credit/savings. The time use module includes 22 specific activities, a question on "other" activities, and requires that the total time sum to 24 hours. In addition, in several of the other modules there is information collected on how long it takes to travel to services (school, health facilities) and how long people had to wait for services.

Recording of simultaneous activities

Yes

Context variables

The module itself does not include questions aboutthe context in which the time is spent, however, information from the other modules could be used with some of the activities to provide contextual information.

ACTIVITY CLASSIFICATION

Information was collected on: employment activities (agricultural, household enterprise, wage work, unpaid work, looking for work); education (class time, homework); house work (cooking, washing, working in the garden, collecting water, collecting fuel, purchases, care of children, care of sick); personal activities (eating, sleeping, personal care, leisure, seeking health care): social activities (weddings, funerals, family visits, community service).

TIME SAMPLE

Information was collected about the day prior to the interview

REFERENCE POPULATION
Description

The sample for the LSMS survey is nationally representative and is also representative at the urban/rural level.

Sample selection

The time use module was administered in one-half of the interviewed households to all household members aged 6 or older.

SOURCES

Informal report. D. Steele, LSMS Administrator

 


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