EGC Surveys

Two large-scale surveys have been conducted by the Economic Growth Center in India and Ghana to gather data to study the pathways through which social and political institutions influence patterns of economic development.

The projects have three components: a survey of households and their enterprises; an inventory of the village/neighborhood infrastructure; and a complete listing of the village/neighborhood population and their socioeconomic characteristics. The India survey was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Micro Finance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai. The Ghana surveys are conducted joint with Northwestern University and the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana.

EGC India Data Archive

The Economic Growth Center has multiple datasets on India for use exclusively by EGC affiliates. These files include unit-level data from the household/establishment surveys carried out by India’s National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) and from India’s Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), along with a number of other datasets, listed below. For permission to use the data and information about accessing the files, please fill out this form.  

Yale EGC - All Available India Data
Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) - The ASI is an annual survey of registered factories across India. It is the only nationally representative survey of the factory sector (a “factory” is a manufacturing establishment that meets a minimum employment criterion). 1982-83; 1984-85; 1987-88; 1990-91; 1993-94; 1996-97; 1997-98; 1998-99; 1999-2000; 2000-01; 2001-02; 2002-03; 2003-04; 2004-05; 2005-06; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10; 2009-10 revised; 2010-11; 2011-12; 2012-13; 2013-14; 2014-15; 2015-16; 2016-17; 2017-18
Economic Census (EC) 2005
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Data
India Village Level Studies, 1975-1984
  • 1987-2002/3
    • Andhra Pradesh; Assam; Bihar; Gujarat; Haryana; Karnataka; Kerala; Madhya Pradesh; Maharashtra; Orissa; Rajasthan; Tamil Nadu; West Bengal
  • Farm Harvest Prices
    • 1986-87; 1988-89; 1989-90; 1990-91; 1991-94; 1993-94; 1995-96
National Highway (NH) Data 1981; 1991; 2002
National Sample Survey (NSS) - At regular intervals, the NSSO undertakes nation-wide household surveys of consumer expenditure and employment. It also carries out a number of other surveys such as surveys of unorganized manufacturing, debt and investment, and informal non-agricultural enterprises.
  • 1983; 1986-2003; 2004-2012 
    • Rounds 38; 42-58; 60-69