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A round of Palanpur survey has been conducted for each decade since 1957 making it a unique longitudinal village level study in terms of the continuity and richness of data. The first two studies were conducted by the Agricultural Economics Research Centre of the University of Delhi, during 1957-58 and 1962-63 and were designed to throw light on the relevant policy questions at that time such as co-operative credit and seed supply. Three of the surveys (1974-75, 1983-84 and 2008-10) residency in the village of more than eight months in each by the principal investigators themselves. A seventh round of the survey, to update the data, was conducted during the first half of 2015. There has been continuity of the researchers; Nicholas Stern has been involved with the study of this village since 1974. Thus, there is close acquaintance not only with the household data, but also with the individuals and households themselves, together with the economic, social and political institutions of the village. The time spent in developing in-depth knowledge of the village has allowed high data quality, and a rich narrative of the household histories spanning multiple generations, to be gathered. Data collected in Palanpur provides a unique opportunity to understand development in India through the perspective of one village.

Palanpur survey data is now available for public access. Data is available for the following topics:

  1. Basic Demography
  2. Cultivation
  3. Tenancy
  4. Income
  5. Education
  6. Health
  7. Anthropometry
  8. Child Labour
  9. Migration
  10. Maps

Data can be requested by sending an email to along with a brief research proposal and the type of data required.