India Human Development Survey (IHDS)- II (ICPSR 34480)

Principal Investigator(s): Desai, Sonalde, University of Maryland. Sociology Department


The India Human Development Survey (IHDS) is a nationally representative, multi-topic survey of 41,554 households in 1503 villages and 971 urban neighborhoods across India. Two one-hour interviews in each household covered health, education, employment, economic status, marriage, fertility, gender relations, and social capital. Children aged 8-11 completed short reading, writing and arithmetic tests. Village, school, and medical facility interviews are also available. Fieldwork for IHDS-I began in November 2004 and was completed by October 2005. This project, IHDS-II, fielded in 2011-2012, represents the second wave. The households were re-interviewed to examine changes in the well-being of Indian households in an era of rapid economic growth. IHDS-II also adds an interview with young people aged 15-18 to examine the process of transition to adulthood in India.

Access Notes

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    child care, child rearing, disposable income, education, employment, extended families, family life, fertility, gender roles, health, household composition, marital status

Geographic Coverage:    Global, India

Data Collection Notes:

The IHDS-II data are not available from DSDR or ICPSR. Researchers should go to the IHDS Web site to learn how they can access the data and documentation.

Please note that IHDS-I data is available from DSDR through ICPSR study 22626.