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The second round of IHDS was collected in 2011-2012, and includes and 85% reinterview rate of continuing families.

As with IHDS 1, IHDS 2 public data files are available from the Data Sharing for Demographic Research program of ICPSR, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, at ICPSR Study 36151. Data are free to all users. You do not need to be a member of ICPSR. ICPSR asks that you create a login with your email id and a password. You can then download all data and documentation. 

A Data Guide for this study is available as a web page and for download. The India Human Development Survey-II (IHDS-II), 2011-12 is a nationally representative, multi-topic survey of 42,152 households in 1,503 villages and 971 urban neighborhoods across India. These data are mostly re-interviews of households interviewed for IHDS-I (ICPSR 22626) in 2004-05. Two one-hour interviews in each household covered topics concerning health, education, employment, economic status, marriage, fertility, gender relations, social capital, village infrastructure, wage levels, and panchayat composition. Children aged 8-11 completed short reading, writing and arithmetic tests.

The IHDS-II data are assembled in fourteen datasets:

  1. Individual
  2. Household
  3. Eligible Women
  4. Birth History
  5. Medical Staff
  6. Medical Facilities
  7. Non Resident
  8. School Staff
  9. School Facilities
  10. Wage and Salary
  11. Tracking
  12. Village
  13. Village Panchayat
  14. Village Respondent