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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.

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4 August 2014

2014 IHDS users' conference, July 18-19.
National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and University of Maryland organized the second annual IHDS User Conference on July 18 and 19, 2014 in New Delhi. This conference provided an opportunity for IHDS users to share their ongoing work, discuss strengths and weaknesses of IHDS and to learn more about the data collection process. In addition to data users and the IHDS team, representatives for four field data collection agencies also attended this conference and shared with the users some their experiences during the fieldwork. See the program from 2014 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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