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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 reinterviewed most of these households in 2011-12 (N=42,152).

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)

30 September 2015

IHDS-II data have been downloaded from ICPSR by over 1000 users since August 1st! Let us know about your research at Three IHDS-II files are available: household, individual, and eligible woman files. A User's Guide and updated questionnaire .pdf's are available from the IHDS-II web page. Instructions on merging with IHDS-I are available separately.

12 August 2015

MGNREGA report. A joint IHDS and NCAER report, The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act: A Catalyst for Rural Transformation by Sonalde Desai, Prem Vashishtha and Omkar Joshi draws on the two data sets collected by IHDS in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012. The report assesses MGNREGA's impact on the income security and well-being of rural households across India.

6 August 2015

Some new comparisons of IHDS-I and IHDS-II have been posted on the key findings page.

30 June 2015

We have a twitter feed! Follow developments on IHDS at @ihdscorner. New staff member, Amy McLaughlin, will be tweeting new developments from IHDS at @ihdscorner and answering your questions to

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