Political Economy of Development and Change in Bihar

Sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, this project is based on longitudinal data since early 1980s and a panel data of households since late 1990s onwards from a set of representative villages of rural Bihar. It will focus on four key themes, viz., poverty, vulnerability and well-being; labour markets and employment; gender, poverty and work; and, social exclusion and participation, and analyse in depth the various aspects of development and poverty and the factors responsible for the changes therein. The study will also analyse as to how the development and change have affected the various groups of rural society. The findings of the study will be useful in formulating a policy agenda for long-term inclusive development in rural Bihar.