The 2010 Vietnam Household Living Standards Survey is the seventh round of VHLSS survey conducted by Vietnam General Statistics Office (GSO), previous surveys were conducted in 1992-1993 (VLSS), 1997-1998 (VLSS), 2002 (VHLSS), 2004 (VHLSS), 2006 (VHLSS), and 2010 (VHLSS).
Vietnam Household Living Standards Survey (VHLSS) has been conducted regularly by the GSO every two years since 2002 in order to systematically monitor and supervise the living standards of different population groups in Vietnam; to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy; and to contribute to the evaluation of achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Vietnam's socio-economic development goals.
The VHLSS 2010 was conducted nationwide with a sample size of 69,360 households in 3,133 communes/wards which were representative at national, regional, urban, rural and provincial levels. The survey collected information during four periods, each period in one quarter from the second quarter to the forth quarter in 2010 and one period in the first quarter of 2011 through face-to-face interviews conducted by interviewers with household heads and key commune officials in communes containing sample enumeration areas.
The survey collected information to be a base for assessment of living standard, poverty and the gap between the rich and the poor serving for policy making, planning and national targeted programs of the party and the State in order to continuously improve the living standard of citizen across the country, in all regions and localities.
The 2010 Vietnam Household Living Standards Survey covered the following topics:
- Demographic characteristics
- Labour, Employment
- Health and health care
- Consumption expenditure
- Durable goods
- Housing, electricity, water, sanitation facilities and use of Internet
- Participation in poverty reduction programs
- Business production activities
- Commune general characteristics
National coverage. The survey is respresentative at national, urban, rural and provincial levels.
Producers and sponsors
General Statistics Office (GSO)
Ministry of Planning and Investment
United Nations Development Programme
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
General Statistics Office
Ministry of Planning and Investment
The survey questionnaire contains 11 sections:
Section 1. Some basic demographic characteristics related to living standards
Section 2. Education
Section 3. Labour - Employment
Section 4. Health and health care
Section 5. Income
Section 6. Consumption expenditure
Section 7. Durable goods
Section 8. Housing, electricity, water, sanitation facilities and use of Internet
Section 9. Participation in poverty reduction programs
Section 10. Business production activities
Section 11. Commune general characteristics
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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
General Statistics Office (GSO), Vietnam. Vietnam Household Living Standards Survey 2010. Ref. VNM_2010_VHLSS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from http://www.gso.gov.vn on [date].
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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World Bank, Development Economics Data Group
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Version 01 (July 2013). The metadata in this DDI is excerpt from "Result of The Vietnam Household Living Standards Survey 2010" Report. In this DDI sampling, data procesing, and data appraisal information is not available due to lack of survey materials.