Research Products

Research and Policy Briefs:

No.1 Public Distribution System: More People Rely on PDS than Ever Before by Sonalde Desai

No.2 Marriage is a Family Affair by Sonalde Desai

No.3 A Glass Half Full: Changes in Standards of Living since 2012 by Sonalde Desai, Manjistha Banerji, Debasis Barik, Dinesh Tiwari and Om Prakash Sharma. 2020.

No. 4.  Regional Fertility Differences in India by Esha Chatterjee and Sonalde Desai.

Current Working Papers


WP2019-02 Lin, Zhiyong, Sonalde Desai, and Feinian Chen. 2019. "The Emergence of Educational Hypogamy in India."  Revised version forthcoming in Demography.

WP2019-01 Chatterjee, Esha and Sonalde Desai. 2019. "Physical versus Imagined Communities: Migration and Women's Autonomy in India. Revised version forthcoming Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies


WP2018-02 Desai, Sonalde. 2018. "Do Public Works Programs Increase Women's Economic Empowerment: Evidence from Rural India."

WP2018-01 Chatterjee, Esha, Sonalde Desai and Reeve Vanneman. 2018. "Indian Paradox: Rising Education, Declining Women's Employment." Revised Version published in Demographic Research, 38:856-875.

Working Papers Archive

Technical Report:

Desai, Sonalde, Amaresh Dubey, B.L. Joshi, Mitali Sen, Abusaleh Shariff and Reeve Vanneman. 2009. India Human Development Survey: Design and Data Quality. IHDS Technical Paper 1.


Other key findings:

Crime victimization rates: First all-India victimization rates.

Household Amenities: Piped water, LPG for cooking, and electricity depend on household and state income levels.

Household Assets: Distribution of household assets. Districtwise variation across India.

Marriage patterns: Most spouses first meet on wedding day. Arranged marriages vary widely across India.

Renting in vs. renting out land: Renting in land more common in agriculturally backward regions.

Rural/urban income: Rural - urban income differences largest at the bottom.

Rural nonagricultural incomes: Rural higher income households more often have both non-agricultural and agricultural income. Rural households with both non-agricultural and agricultural incomes tend to be in poorer states.

Salaries: Public sector salary advantage is largest for least educated.

Wage rates: Earnings returns to education are greater for secondary school and beyond.


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