The purpose of the HIES survey is to obtain information on the income, consumption pattern and incidences of poverty for different groups of people in Samoa. 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 includes:
obtaining expenditure weights and other useful data for the revision of the consumer price index;
supplementing the data available for use in compiling official estimates of household accounts in the systems of national accounts;
supplying basic data needed for policy making in connection with social and economic planning;
providing 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;
gathering information on poverty lines and incidence of poverty throughout Samoa
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
V01 contains the final data for achieving and future use, which was also used for tabulation.
consumption/consumer behaviour [1.1]
economic conditions and indicators [1.2]
income, property and investment/saving [1.5]
National coverage, where the country was divided up into 4 standard geographical regions.
Unit of Analysis
3 main units of analysis
b) region (4)
The survey covered all household members including those that have been away for 3 months or less and those who have been with the household for 3 months or more.
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Samoa Bureau of Statistics (formerly the Department of Statistics under the Ministry of Finance)
Technical assistance in data collection
Technical assistance in data entry
Technical assistance in sampling methodoly and selection
Technical assistance in data processing
Government of Samoa
United Nations Development Programme
Major financial assistance
Deviations from the Sample Design
1 EA (Faleasiu) was replace due to boundary issues between the village and the bureau. The village did not agree with the statistical boundaries used by the bureau to enumerate this EA.
1 EA (Lufilufi) was replaced as it was an institution (Piula theological college).
1 EA (very few number of households) was totally left out as it was overlooked or 'accidentally missed' by the staff of the bureau.
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.