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The India Human Development Survey (IHDS) is a nationally representative, multi-topic panel 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) and data for same can be found here.  The team is currently preparing IHDS 3 and expects to be in the field within the next year. IHDS 3 welcomes our new team members from Indiana University and the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. 

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.

  • caste & community
  • consumption and standard of living
  • energy use
  • income
  • agriculture
  • employment
  • government subsidies
  • education
  • social and cultural capital
  • household & family structure
  • marriage
  • gender relations
  • fertility
  • health
  • village infrastructure

A detailed topic and codebook index for IHDS I is also available.