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Books by the IHDS Team

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

A Catalyst for Rural Transformation

Sonalde Desai, Prem Vashishtha and Omkar Joshi


Researchers from National Council of Applied Economic Research and University of Maryland have just released results from a study evaluating the performance of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. This study uses data from India Human Development Survey (IHDS) of 2004-5 and 2011-12, a unique panel survey of 28,000 rural households. Click here to download report.

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Undernutrition and Public Policy in India: Investing in the future 

edited by Sonalde Desai, Lawrence Haddad, Deepta Chopra, and Amit Thorat. Published by Routlege (2016).


Human Development in India: Challenges for a Society in Transition 

by Sonalde B. Desai, Amaresh Dubey, B.L. Joshi, Mitali Sen, Abesaleh Shariff, and Reeve D. Vanneman

Oxford University Press (2010). This book covers the main findings of IHDS I.  Download individual chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. Income, Poverty, and Inequality
  3. Agriculture
  4. Employment
  5. Household Assets and Amenities
  6. Education
  7. Health and Medical Care
  8. Child Wellbeing
  9. Well Being of the Older Population
  10. Gender and Family Dynamics
  11. Social Integration
  12. Villages in a Global World
  13. Social Safety Nets in India
  14. Conclusion
  15. Appendices: Design & Variables
  16. Bibliography