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India Human Development Survey

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. Led by UMD Sociology Professors Sonal Desai and Reeve Vanneman, in collaboration with Professor Amaresh Dubey at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, IHDS is designed to complement existing surveys by bringing together a wide range of topics. This breadth permits analyses of associations across a range of social and economic conditions. Studying children’s developments, for example, requires consideration of the role of poverty, family structure, gender relations, community context, and the availability of facilities. The first round of IHDS interviews was completed in 2004-5. A second round re-interviewed these households in 2011-12 to examine changes in an era of rapid economic growth and add interviews with youth aged 15-18 to examine their transition to adulthood. IHDS has been jointly organized by researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi. Learn more.