Dynamics of Development and Change in Rural Bihar

‘The Dynamics of Development and Distribution in Rural Bihar’, is a longitudinal study of 36 villages in 6 districts of Bihar and was sponsored by NABARD. This unique data set is representative of the entire state. Two previous major research projects, undertaken in 1981-85 and 1998-99 collected in-depth village information for all the 36 villages on religion, caste, educational and marital status, migration status, mortality, land ownership, tenancy, wage labour, assets, debts and working of various government sponsored programmes. The new round of data of 2010-2011 was collated by a revisit to the households and successor households of 1998-99, to shed fresh light on long term economic and social change during this intervening period of 30 years. The project examined to what extent, and in what ways, different groups in rural Bihar have participated in and benefited from development and state action over the last 30 years. The data set also includes information on change in production, income, employment, education, health, nutrition and poverty.

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