India Human Development Survey (IHDS) Series

The India Human Development Survey (IHDS) is a nationally representative multi-topic panel survey of households conducted in 1503 villages and 971 urban neighborhoods across India. In IHDS-I (ICPSR 22626), two one-hour interviews in each household covered topics concerning health, education, employment, economic status, marriage, fertility, gender relations, and social capital. Children aged 8-11 completed short reading, writing, and arithmetic tests. IHDS-II (ICPSR 36151) data are mostly re-interviews of households interviewed for IHDS-I.

The IHDS is a collaborative research program between researchers from the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi and the University of Maryland. The goal of IHDS is to document changes in the daily lives of Indian households in an era of rapid transformation. Additional information about the IHDS project is available on the India Human Development Survey Web site.

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