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Income and Expenditure Studies (After one year) April 2015 – March 2016

3. Key Survey results

3.1 Overall Household Income and Expenditure

Table 1 shows the mean household income and expenditure disaggregated by district for the period under review (April 2015 to March 2016 inclusive). Comparison is made between the first six-month period (April – September 2015) and the latest six month. To be noted that the SPSL stipend of 115,000 LAK started to be provided in August or September 2015 (depending on location) and thus was already impacting the last two months of the previous six-month period and all of the most recent months.

Table 1:     Monthly mean expenditure per RLP household, data disaggregated by district.

Income & Expenditure per household per month (LAK)
Month (2015/16) Soukhouma Xepon Lao-Ngam
Income Expenditure Income Expenditure Income Expenditure
April    748,720    762,430 138,000 234,600    325,900 440,570
May    684,740    571,310       67,500 151,480    186,150 240,980
June 1,126,150 1,194,540 307,130 895,200 N/A N/A
July    318,970    459,050 274,850 424,690 N/A N/A
August    848,970    340,000 395,540 270,000    673,390 413,800
September    616,640    312,070 353,000 196,080    484,030 224,080
Mean 1st 6 months   724,030   606,570 256,000 362,010 (417,310) (329,860)
October    689,880    438,590 692,000 390,180    738,560 572,440
November    969,240    613,620 235,510 139,580    870,490 498,330
December 1,106,210 1,019,450 230,140 159,620    839,970 510,080
January    900,000    713,940 169,490 147,820 1,141,080 733,320
February 1,102,660    850,640 381,510 188,490 1,361,000 483,900
March    907,230    598,870 365,260 209,210    813,720 609,410
Mean 2nd 6 months   945,870   705,850 345,650 205,820   820,810 567,910

The differences between RLP sample households from different districts continue to be stark. These differences in the cohort-1 were already evident from the baseline analyses (Marks et al, Nov. 2015)  in for example levels of household assets, dietary intake or poverty scorecard scores; and confirmed in income figures presented in the first six-month I&E analysis for cohort-1 (Marks & Siharat, Feb. 2016). Those in Xepon really do have significantly lower incomes and expenditure than households from Soukhouma and Lao-Ngam; by a factor of two or three.

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