Yale Economic Growth Center’s Tamil Nadu Socioeconomic Mobility Survey

Principal Investigators: Mark Rosenzweig (Yale), Amy Mowl (CMF)
Research Team: Tanay Balantrapu, Vaishnavi Prathap
LEAD Centre: Centre for Microfinance
Focus Area: Livelihoods
Project Geography: Tamil Nadu
Partner:
Status: Ongoing

Background:

Economic development is inherently a dynamic but often slow process characterized by changes in institutions, the natural environment and the mobility of individuals. Greater understanding of the multi-level causes and consequences of development has been hampered by the lack of comprehensive data tracking individuals, their environment and institutions over the long term. Yale Economic Growth Center’s Tamil Nadu Socioeconomic Mobility Survey (TNSMS) was initiated to overcome these difficulties in knowing the long-term pathway of development.

The following are some of the main objectives of the survey:

1. The primary objective of the panel survey is to provide a new laboratory for carrying out a wide range of potential studies of the medium and long-term processes of economic development. Researchers are particularly interested in providing a framework for the investigation of the large set of issues that have remained outside the scope of scientific analysis because of the short time frame and narrow methodological focus of most existing surveys in developing countries.

2. Another goal of the project is to understand the pathways through which local social and political institutions influence patterns of economic development, while taking into account the possibility that the process of economic development itself may shape the evolution of these institutions.

3. A third goal is to investigate long-term interactions between economic development and individual health, nutrition and education.The project will help clarify academic understanding of the long-run connections between environmental and economic change. For example, CMF will monitor how land resource management and farming systems evolve with economic growth. Similarly, connections between local environmental threats (indoor air pollution, agricultural chemicals, and water-borne diseases) and individual health, production, and consumption choices will be explored.

Related Resources

TNSMS Public Data Rural Data
Urban Data
TNSMS Public Data – Users Reference
Survey Manual Survey Manual
Census Questionnaire Rural Questionnaire
Urban Questionnaire
Household Questionnaire Rural Questionnaire
Urban Questionnaire
Individual Questionnaire Rural Questionnaire
Urban Questionnaire
Married women Questionnaire Rural Questionnaire
Urban Questionnaire
Community Questionnaire Rural Questionnaire
Urban Questionnaire

*On using the data from this project, please cite the dataset as Yale EGC-CMF Tamil Nadu Socioeconomic Mobility Survey