The village of Palanpur, Moradabad District, Uttar Pradesh, India has
been the subject of close study by economists since the late 1950s. The
data collected provide a unique opportunity to understand development in
India through the experience of one village. There is one
economic/social survey for each decade since independence covering a
100% sample of households. There is strong continuity in the research
investigators. And three of the surveys involved long residency in the
village (more than eight months in each of 1974/5, 1983/4, and 2008/10).
Thus there is strong acquaintance not only with the household data, but
with the households themselves, together with the economic, social, and
political institutions of the village.
This report on work so far is presented as nine analytical papers:
(1) India and an Indian village: 50 years of economic development in
Palanpur (Himanshu and Nicholas Stern).
This first paper sets change in Palanpur in the context of change in
India and serves also as an overview of the work so far. It has an
appendix describing the data.
(2) Non-Farm Diversification and Rural Poverty Decline: A Perspective
from Indian Sample Survey and Village Study Data (Himanshu, Peter
Lanjouw, Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay and Rinku Murgai).
(3) Poverty, Inequality and Mobility in Palanpur: Some Preliminary
Results Himanshu, Ishan Bakshi and Camille Dufour
(4) Stepping out of Palanpur: Employment outside Palanpur: From short
visits to long-term migration and how they are linked (Abhiroop
(5) Tenancy in Palanpur (Ashish Tyagi and Himanshu)
(6) Change and Continuity: Agriculture in Palanpur (Ashish Tyagi and
(7) Developments in education in Palanpur, a village in Uttar Pradesh
(Ruth Kattumuri and Dinesh Kumar Tiwari)
(8) The Invisible Half – Women’s Status in Palanpur (Dipa Sinha and
(9) Nutrition Status in Palanpur (Dipa Sinha)
Appendix A lists:
- Papers of Palanpur research for MSc by French Interns
- List of all researchers involved in the Palanpur project
- Dissemination workshops and seminars in London, India and USA
Appendix B comprises:
- Note on data collected during the 2008-2010 survey of Palanpur
- Schedules used for data collection
London School of Economics (LSE). India&#8217;s economic "revolution": a perspective from six decades of economic development in Palanpur, a north Indian village. London School of Economics (LSE), London, UK (2011) 428 pp.
India’s economic “revolution”: a perspective from six decades of economic development in Palanpur, a north Indian village