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The India Human Development Survey (IHDS) is a nationally representative, multi-topic survey of 41,554 households in 1503 villages and 971 urban neighborhoods across India. The first round of interviews were completed in 2004-5; data are publicly available through ICPSR. A second round of IHDS is reinterviewing these households in 2011-12 to examine changes in an era of rapid economic growth. The second round also adds interviews with young people aged 15-18 to examine the process of transition to adulthood.

IHDS has been jointly organized by researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi. Funding for the second round of this survey is provided by the National Institutes of Health, grants R01HD041455 and R01HD061048. Additional funding is provided by The Ford Foundation.

What's new (complete)

7 April 2014

call for 2014 IHDS users' conference, July 18-19.
IHDS invites papers for the second users' conference to take place in New Delhi on July 18 and 19, 2014. The conference provides a forum for IHDS users to present their work and exchange information regarding the survey. Papers must contain original analysis of IHDS data and may cover a range of topics included in the survey. Please send an extended abstract of 2-4 pages to by May 15, 2014. Limited travel support is available to participants from India and abroad. See the program from the 2013 IHDS Users Conference.

3 April 2014

Preliminary IHDS-II results featured in The Hindu opinion articles
A series of opinion articles in The Hindu outline some observations regarding broad changes in Indian society from preliminary analyses of IHDS-II.

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