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.
Current Working Papers
WP2021-01 Choudhury, Pallavi and Sonalde Desai. 2021. "Lack of Access to Clean Fuel and Piped Water and Children’s Educational Outcomes in Rural India."
WP2020-01. Regional Fertility Differences in India by Esha Chatterjee and Sonalde Desai.
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.
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.
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.