This measure uses 4 self-reported items from the second round of the Indian Human Development Survey(IHDS) Income and Social Capital Questionnaire. IHDS is a nationally representative, multi-dimensional survey conducted across India. This measure captures aspects of decision making about the education of children in the household. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original questionnaire located at https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/web/pages/DSDR/idhs-II-data-guide.html
1. Who made the decision that [Name] should drop-out or not go to school?
Self [Name] - 1
Parents / Other elders - 2
Both parents & Self [Name] - 3
Teachers / School - 4
Spouse / In-laws - 5
Others - 6
2. Did [NAME] want to drop-out/stay-out of school?
No - 0
Yes - 1
3. Please tell me who in your family decides the following things regarding [NAME]'s activities. [IF NAME IS IN HOUSEHOLD]
[No - 0, Yes - 1] ________[Self]
[No - 0, Yes - 1] ________[Father / In-law]
[No - 0, Yes - 1] ________[Mother / In-law]
[No - 0, Yes - 1] ________[Other elders]
[No - 0, Yes - 1] ________ [Siblings]
[No - 0, Yes - 1] ________[Spouse]
[No - 0, Yes - 1] ________ [Not applicable / No one]
4. Who has the most say in the decision?
Self - 1
Father / In-law - 2
Mother / In-law - 3
Other elders - 4
Siblings - 5
Spouse - 6
Desai, S., & Vanneman, R. (2015). India Human Development Survey-II (IHDS-II). Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. https://doi. org/10.3886/ICPSR36151. v6.
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