INDIA HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

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Principal Investigator: Sonalde Desai
Affiliation: University of Maryland
Country: USA
Abstract: DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Researchers from the University of Maryland, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, and AMS Consulting, together with an interdisciplinary team of collaborators, propose to field the second round of the India Human Development Survey (IHDS-II), a nationally representative survey of 41,554 households who were surveyed in 2004-2005 under NIH grants R01HD041455 and R01HD046166. This survey is designed to be a premiere public resource for researchers interested in studying different dimensions of human development in India. The proposed project has two specific aims: A. Resurvey the households initially surveyed in 2004-5 once again in 2011-12. Given the vast changes in India since 2005, IHDS-II will provide a multi-topic, multi-purpose source of data for international and Indian research on health, education, income, employment, gender and social inequality. Panel data will allow an exploration of lagged effects as well as better estimation of causal relationships. IHDS-II will permit the analysis of two major government programs initiated since 2005 - the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the National Rural (and now Urban) Health Mission. These programs introduce exogenous changes in the male/female wage gap and provide cash incentives for hospital deliveries. Panel analyses of these changes create new opportunities to investigate the determinants of gender gaps in employment, education, and health. B. Expand the range of data collected. Data collection will be expanded in two principal ways: 7 Some questions from IHDS-I will be revised and extended based on our field experience, analysis results, and user feedback. 7 New modules will be added to study the mechanisms through which spatial disparities in health and education emerge. Research conducted under the parent grant has highlighted the importance of spatial disparities in health, education, income, and employment as well as caste and gender differences in these outcomes. Analyses of IHDS-I have showed us that these large regional differences persist in spite of a wide range of controls for individual level factors. In this renewal, we seek to measure a broader range of mechanisms through which these spatial disparities emerge. New efforts focus on supplementing the household surveys with expanded geographic data and institutional surveys. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: As Indian economy grows, health profile of the Indian society is changing along with the mechanisms for financing health care. The proposed study will collect data that will facilitate research on a variety of topics associated with public health and child development in India. Data from India Human Development Survey I and II will be premier public resource for all researchers.
Funding Period: ----------------2002 - ---------------2015-
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. pmc Changing educational inequalities in India in the context of affirmative action
    Sonalde Desai
    Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
    Demography 45:245-70. 2008
  2. pmc Gender scripts and age at marriage in India
    Sonalde Desai
    Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, 2112 Art Sociology Building, College Park, MD 20742, USA
    Demography 47:667-87. 2010
  3. pmc Linkages between maternal education and childhood immunization in India
    Kriti Vikram
    Department of Sociology, 2112 Art Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, United States
    Soc Sci Med 75:331-9. 2012

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  1. pmc Changing educational inequalities in India in the context of affirmative action
    Sonalde Desai
    Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
    Demography 45:245-70. 2008
    ..Further, we do not find evidence that upper-income groups, the so-called creamy layer of dalits and adivasis, disproportionately benefit from the affirmative action programs at the expense of their lower-income counterparts...
  2. pmc Gender scripts and age at marriage in India
    Sonalde Desai
    Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, 2112 Art Sociology Building, College Park, MD 20742, USA
    Demography 47:667-87. 2010
    ..This article uses data from the newly collected India Human Development Survey 2005 for 27,365 ever-married women aged 25-49 to explore ways in which different dimensions of gender ..
  3. pmc Linkages between maternal education and childhood immunization in India
    Kriti Vikram
    Department of Sociology, 2112 Art Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, United States
    Soc Sci Med 75:331-9. 2012
    ..Using data from the nationally representative India Human Development Survey of 2004-5, this analysis examines four possible pathways that may mediate the influence of maternal ..