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Monday, February 15, 2016

Check out new opinion article in Livemint that uses IHDS data by Tadit Kundu. “When average income is not available to average individual.” In Livemint, accessed 2/15/16. http://tinyurl.com/jjblmpw

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New article in the Business Standard that draws on IHDS' MGNREGA report: Half full, half empty: 10 Years of NREGA by Swati Narayan. To see IHDS' full MGNREGA report, head to ihds.info: http://ihds.info/mgnrega.

For the article go to:http://tinyurl.com/gstjju8

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thank you all for the very interesting submissions for the IHDS Users Conference in March 2016. Submissions are closed and you should be hearing from us very soon regarding your status. Applications for the training program are also closed and you should receive your response this week. Thank you.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Undernutrition and Public Policy in India:Investing in the Future by Sonalde Desai, Lawrence Haddad, Deepta Chopra, and Amit Thorat (Editors). 2016. Routledge.

A brand new release edited by our very own Sonalde Desai and colleagues. http://amzn.to/1WXyNdq
From Amazon.com description:
Despite substantial economic growth, India has one of the highest undernutrition rates in the world; it is home to almost 40 per cent of the world’s stunted children. This volume assesses the status and causes of undernutrition in the country, and examines the effectiveness of policies designed to address undernutrition. The essays tackle wide-ranging themes and challenging issues including nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); maternal, neonatal and child health; Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS); Public Distribution System (PDS); crop procurement; and National Food Security Act 2013.

With contributions from leading academic researchers, policymakers, as well as civil society representatives, this volume will be indispensable to scholars, teachers and students of public policy, development economics, development sociology, and Indian economy. It will also be useful to government institutions, think tanks and NGOs.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

University of Maryland and National Council of Applied Economic Research invite papers for India Human Development Survey (IHDS) user conference, to take place at Neemrana Fort Palace on March 16th- 18th 2016. The conference provides a forum for IHDS users to present their work and exchange information regarding the survey. Papers must contain original analysis of IHDS data and may cover a range of topics included in the survey (www.ihds.umd.edu). See ihds.info/IHDSConference for more information.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MGNREGA Report A joint NCAER and UMD report on flagship rural public works program. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act: A Catalyst for Rural Transformation by Sonalde Desai, Prem Vashishtha and Omkar Joshi draws on the two data sets collected by IHDS in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012 to assess MGNREGA's impact on the income security and well-being of rural households across India.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Public release of IHDS-II data is scheduled for June 2015. We anticipate three files will be released through ICPSR after processing by DSDR (Data Sharing for Demographic Research): household, individual, and eligible women files. (The eligible woman file has been separated from the household file because in wave 2 IHDS sometimes interviewed two women in a household while in wave 1 only one eligible woman was interviewed.) We will update this page when the files become available.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

IHDS has begun a series of research briefs presenting basic results from IHDS-II. These briefs will be short (1-2 pages) summaries of important results. The first brief, by Sonalde Desai, evaluates the growth of the Public Distribution System (PDS) between the two surveys. The results show that PDS usage has grown because more households have BPL and Antyodaya cards so that more households are using PDS shops. The brief also reports the modest subsidies that households receive through their use of PDS shops.

Monday, August 4, 2014

2014 IHDS users' conference, July 18-19.

National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and University of Maryland organized the second annual IHDS User Conference on July 18 and 19, 2014 in New Delhi. This conference provided an opportunity for IHDS users to share their ongoing work, discuss strengths and weaknesses of IHDS and to learn more about the data collection process. In addition to data users and the IHDS team, representatives for four field data collection agencies also attended this conference and shared with the users some their experiences during the fieldwork. See the program from

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