A household income and expenditure survey (HIES) collects information about the expenditure, income and household characteristics of a sample of resident households. The general objectives for conducting the HIES are to identify the net levels and patterns of expenditure of private households on a comprehensive range of goods and services purchased for private use and determine how these levels and patterns vary according to income levels and other characteristics of households, such as size and composition, location and principal sources of cash income. Such surveys may be used to estimate poverty and income distribution variables.

For more information, refer to the Quick Guide on Sources and Uses of Labour Statistics.

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