United Nations Statistics Division
National Household Survey Capability Programme, Household Income and Expenditure Surveys: A technical Study
Series: NHSCP, No.DP/UN/INT-88-X01/6E
This study on Household Income and Expenditure Surveys is one of a series of technical studies undertaken by the Statistical Office (now Statistics Division) of the United Nations in pursuance of the National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) to assist developing countries in the organization of household surveys. The present study deals with methodology of household income and expenditure surveys. It reviews the historical development, international standards, data requirements, concepts and definitions related to household income and expenditure surveys. Discusses the survey methodology, sampling schemes and operations; outlines the suggested content of a survey schedule and a reasonably comprehensive tabulation plan as a basis for selection of requisite tables for preparation and presentation. It is addressed essentially to the developing countries and aimed at helping them in their survey operations.