Solomon Islands Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2012-2013

Date created: 25 May 2022 Version 01

The Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) is a field operation which consists of collecting information in the households based on face to face interview.

The questions asked to the households are related to living standard conditions, expenditures, purchases, incomes.... It is the only survey conducted at a national level which deals with households habits in terms of expenditure and income. As the private and public sector, households represent an economic and social actor of the country which needed to be known.

The purpose of the HIES survey is to obtain information on the income, consumption pattern, incidence of poverty, and saving propensities for different groups of people in the Solomon Islands. This information will be used to guide policy makers in framing socio-economic developmental policies and in initiating financial measures for improving economic conditions of the people.

Some more specific outputs from the survey are listed below: a) To obtain expenditure weights and other useful data for the revision of the consumer price index; b) To supplement the data available for use in compiling official estimates of household accounts in the systems of national accounts; c) To supply basic data needed for policy making in connection with social and economic planning; d) To provide data for assessing the impact on household living conditions of existing or proposed economic and social measures, particularly changes in the structure of household expenditures and in household consumption; e) To gather information on poverty lines and incidence of poverty throughout the Solomon Islands.

The previous HIES was conducted in 2005-2006, 7 years ago. All the indicators based on this survey need to be updated now. a) In the CPI, new items have appeared on the market since 2005, and the purchases habits / consumption habits of the household has changed b) The poverty assessment of the country has to be updated as well, based on the household living condition in 2012 (job opportunities have changed, income, education level...) c) In terms of national account, this survey will provide aggregates of 2012 household consumption.

This survey will highlight the level of expenditure and income of the households, situation with employment, equipment, assets of the households, education and health information, source of income and remittances... It will derive indicators that would provide Solomon Islands Government and their development partners with a core set of statistics to facilitate evidence-based policy development and planning, to monitor development progress and measure policy performance, and ultimately to describe development impact.

Version 01: Cleaned, labelled and anonymized version of the Master file.

  • HOUSEHOLD: dwelling characteristics, source of water, energy, cooking fuel, commodities owned, expenditure, income;
  • INDIVIDUAL: demographic characteristics, economic activity, education, health, expenditure, income.

  • Collection start: 2012

  • Collection end: 2013
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Data and Resources

  • SPC_SLB_2012_HIES_v01_M_v01_A_PUF
Issued 2020-01-31
Modified 2022-04-08
Version 01
DCAT Type Dataset
Temporal Coverage From 2012-01-01
Temporal Coverage To 2013-12-31
Publisher Name
  • Solomon Island National Statistics Office
Contact Point
Contact Name
  • Government Statistician