This is seventh JSLC survey conducted in Jamaica. Previously JSLC surveys were conducted in 1988, two surveys were done in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992.
The nationwide survey was implemented to establish baseline measures of household welfare and then to monitor the impact of Jamaica's Human Resources Development Program on health, education and nutrition. The JSLC differs from other LSMS surveys in its relatively narrow focus and greater emphasis on immediate policy impact. The JSLC is linked to the ongoing quarterly Labor Force Survey (LFS). The households are visited once for the standard LFS. Then a subset of households are revisited about a month later for the SLC. When the data sets are merged, the LFS serves as the employment module of the combined LFS/SLC. To avoid respondent fatigue, the JSLC household questionnaire is short enough so that it can be administered in one interview (as compared to two interviews in the typical LSMS survey). In general, each JSLC questionnaire has included modules on health, education, nutrition, consumption, and housing. On a rotating basis, designated topics have received additional emphasis. To date, expanded modules for Health, Poverty, Education, Housing, Consumption, Household Finances, Employment, Aging, and Coping Strategies have been carried out. The JSLC surveys contain no data on agricultural activities, non-agricultural household activities, or migration.
In order to use the data from the Jamaica Surveys of Living Conditions, users must get permission from the Jamaican government. Interested users should send a brief description of the proposed research to:
Easton Williams, Director
Social and Manpower Planning and Research Division
Planning Institute of Jamaica
8 Ocean Boulevard
tel (876-906-4463-4, ext. 2105/4207)
e-mail to: Easton_Williams@pioj.gov.jm
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Easton Williams, Director
Social and Manpower Planning and Research Division, Planning Institute of Jamaica
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
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Version 02 (September 2015). Version 01 (June 2010).