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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)

4 February 2015

IHDS has begun a series of research briefs presenting basic results from IHDS-II. These briefs will be short (1-2 pages) summaries of important results. The first brief, by Sonalde Desai, evaluates the growth of the Public Distribution System (PDS) between the two surveys. The results show that PDS usage has grown because more households have BPL and Antyodaya cards so that more households are using PDS shops. The brief also reports the modest subsidies that households receive through their use of PDS shops. A two-page .pdf file can be downloaded here.

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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