Welcome to the fourth anniversary edition of the IHDS newsletter. And thank you to all our subscribers for the unstinted support you have extended to our newsletter over the last four years. As we prepare to undertake the third wave of IHDS, it is time to reflect on the design decisions made by IHDS and how they affect our findings, particularly on issues of current policy relevance. The following two implications of IHDS results for broader policy questions and future data collection are noteworthy:
1. Will we be able to measure poverty accurately using consumption expenditure in a post-pandemic world?
2. Is the decline in women’s employment found in National Sample Surveys a function of the question wording?