Data for Development
March 2020
W elcome to the India Human Development Survey Forum

A monthly update of socio-economic developments in India by the
IHDS research community

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In This Issue...

  • With over 3,00,000 infected individuals worldwide, all countries are struggling to cope with the novel Coronavirus, now dubbed as COVID-19. Received wisdom focuses on three aspects of slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives: (1) Test, diagnose and isolate infected cases; (2) Prevent exposure to the virus through increasing social distance; and, (3) Reduce infection by frequent handwashing. As India grapples with the challenge of implementing these strategies, what can data from IHDS contribute?  

  • Recent publications using IHDS
IHDS in the News
Desai, Sonalde. “Decline in Women Work Participation Rates Can be Traced to Poor Data Collection Processes”, The Indian Express , 17 March 2020. Link .

Desai, Sonalde. “Tackling Coronavirus the Indian Way”, Business Standard , 14 March 2020. Link .

Mehta, Anupma. 2020. “Women in STEM Research in the Age of Coronavirus”, The Pioneer , 09 March. Link .

Kulkarni, Vani S. and Raghav Gaiha. 2020. “Rural Poverty, Employment and Disability” Inter Press Service , 13 March. Link .

Kulkarni, Vani S. 2020. “Disabled and Extremely Poor”, The Hindu , 06 March. Link .

Tribune News Service . 2020. “Untouchability Prevalent in 24% Households: Survey”, The Tribune , 02 March. Link . 2020. “Kavita Krishnan Argues in Her New Book That More Autonomy Means More Safety for Women in India”, Excerpt from Fearless Freedom (Penguin Books) by Kavita Krishnan, 04 March. Link .

Lopez, Rachel, 2020. “How One-child Families Are Transforming India”, Hindustan Times , 29 February. Link .

Rukmini, S. 2020. “Instead of a Task Force, Delaying Marriage Needs More Education”, Livemint , 18 February. Link .

Natti, Sunitha. 2020. “Only 8.4 Crore Poor in India, Claims a New Study”, The New Indian Express , 18 February. Link .

Recent Publications Using IHDS

Bag, Sugata. 2020. “Urban Female Labour Force Participation and its Correlates: A Comparative Study of Slum-dwellers and Their Urban Counterparts of Three Metro Cities in India” Working Paper , DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36764.44165. Link .

Iversen, Vegard. 2020. “Can ‘Good’ Social Mobility News be ‘Bad’ and Vice Versa?” WIDER Working Paper 2020/13 , Helsinki, Finland: United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research. Link .

Howlader, Asoke, Sidhartha Sankar Laha, and Arindam Modak. 2019. “(Re)Mapping Empowerment Outcomes among Married Women In Rural India: A Panel Data Study”, Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews , 7(6): 585-595. Link .

Bairagya, Indrajit. 2020. “Returns to Education in Self-employment in India: A Comparison across Different Selection Models”, WIDER Working Paper 2020/5 , Helsinki, Finland: United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research. Link .

About IHDS
The India Human Development Survey (IHDS) is a nationally representative, multi-topic survey of 41,554 households in 1503 villages and 971 urban neighbourhoods across India. The first round of interviews was completed in 2004-05; data are publicly available through ICPSR. A second round of IHDS re-interviewed most of these households in 2011-12 (N=42,152) and data for the same can be found here.

IHDS has been jointly organised by researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi. Funding for the second round of this survey is provided by the National Institutes of Health, grants R01HD041455 and R01HD061048. Additional funding is provided by The Ford Foundation, IDRC and DFID.
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