NCAER IHDS team attended the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America in San Diego from 30 April to 2 May, 2015. The Population Association of America (PAA) is a nonprofit, scientific, professional organization established to promote the improvement, advancement and progress of the human race through research of problems related to human population. PAA members include demographers, sociologists, economists, public health professionals, and other individuals interested in research and education in the population field. It conducts its annual meetings/conference where researchers around the globe present their work related to population science, sociology and applied economics.
This year’s s PAA 2015 Annual Meeting hosted a wide range of diverse and numerous seminars by experts and industry leaders and was attended by almost 2,300 professionals. NCAER’s IHDS representatives attended professional development sessions in this conference spread over 3 days, which included a wide range of topics, Marriage, Family, Households, and Unions, Children and Youth, Health and Mortality, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity, Migration and Urbanization, Economy, Labor Force, Education, and Inequality, Population, Development, and the Environment and many more.
The team from NCAER and University of Maryland presented two papers and participated in five poster presentations at PAA meet. A poster by Omkar Joshi, Sonalde Desai and Reeve Vanneman titled ” Rebalancing the Gender Scales: A Case of MGNREGA” was selected as one of the Best Posters. The poster discuss changes in women’s empowerment in the context of MGNREGA.
The team, when back home, presented the posters and shared their experiences at the PAA meet with colleagues at NCAER.
IHDS is India Human Development Surveys I (2004-5) and II (2011-12) (IHDS-I and II) form part of a collaborative research program between researchers from the National Council of Applied Economic Research and the University of Maryland. Building on NCAER’s prior work in the 1990s, these surveys provide a rich empirical data base that will be available free of charge to a wide range of researchers in India and abroad, allowing for informed policy debates. The IHDS-I data are available free of charge to researchers worldwide and are being used by about 7,000 users. Public release of IHDS-II data is scheduled for June 2015. Read more