This web site includes statistics on poverty and other distributional and social variables from 24 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. All statistics are computed from microdata from major household surveys carried out in these countries using a homogenous methodology (data permitting). Statistics are updated periodically.

SEDLAC allows users to monitor trends in poverty and other distributional and social indicators in the region. The dataset is available in the form of brief reports, charts and electronic Excel tables with information for each country/year. In addition, the researchers can carry out dynamic searches online.

SEDLAC is an ongoing project. We are grateful to all comments and suggestions for improving the database.


The Center for Distributional, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) of the University of La Plata, in partnership with World Bank Latin America and the Caribbean Poverty and Gender Group (LCSPP), have developed the Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (SEDLAC) with the purpose of improving the timely access to key socio-economic statistics, including indicators on poverty, inequality, income, employment, access to services, education, health, housing, social programs, and numerous demographics.

SEDLAC has initially benefited from the Program for the Improvement of Surveys and the Measurement of Living Conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean (MECOVI), which contributed to the improvement of the multipurpose household surveys in the LAC region. The World Bank Team for Statistical Development provides the databases used in SEDLAC.

SEDLAC is continually updated and improved based on the feedback from users. Please write us at sedlac@cedlas.org. In addition to cross-country analyses, staff from CEDLAS and LCSPP analyze and integrate data at the country level each time a new survey is available. Consistency checks with other national or international sources of socio-economic statistics are conducted regularly.

Through its support for this project, LCSPP facilitates policy relevant research, contributes to the development of the regionīs analytical capacity, and promote research that contributes to the reduction of poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new version of the SEDLAC webpage was made possible thanks to support from the Observatory on Inequality in Latin America.

The database includes information from over 300 household surveys carried out in 24 LAC countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

For each period, the sample represents more than 97% of the total LAC population. The database mainly covers the 1990s and 2000s, although information for previous decades is available for a few countries.

Information taken from this database should be cited as "Source: SEDLAC (CEDLAS and The World Bank)" or "Source: Socio-Economic Database for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEDLAS and The World Bank)." We advise that researchers reference to the date on which they consulted the database, as statistics may change.
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