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India Human Development Survey- II Women's Questionnaire: Household Decision Making

This measure uses 9 self-reported items from the second round of the Indian Human Development Survey(IHDS) Women's Questionnaire. IHDS is a nationally representative, multi-dimensional survey conducted across India. This measure captures aspects of household decision making related to general household decisions, intra-household division of labor, gender differences in financial inclusion and aspects of spousal communication. 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

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Geographies Tested: India

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

1. Please tell me who in your family decides the following things?

CODE ALL RESPONSES THAT ARE GIVEN AS '1' (OK TO INCLUDE RELATIVES NOT IN THE HOUSEHOLD). IF MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE, ASK: Who has the most say in the decision?

  • What to cook on a daily basis?
  • Whether to buy an expensive item such as a TV or fridge?
  • How many children you have?
  • What to do if you fall sick?
  • Whether to buy land or property?
  • How much money to spend on a social function such as marriage?
  • What to do if a child falls sick?
  • To whom your children should marry?

Response options:

CODE EACH SEPARATELY:

[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Respondent]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Husband]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Senior Male]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Senior Female]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Others]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Not Applicable No One]

Most Say
Respondent - 1
Husband - 2
Senior Male - 3
Senior - 4
Others - 5

2. Who does the food and vegetable shopping in your household?

Response options:

CODE EACH SEPARATELY:

[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [You]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Adult men]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Adult women]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Children]

3. Who supervises the children's homework?

Response options:
No - 0
Yes - 1

CODE EACH SEPARATELY:

[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [You]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Adult men]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Adult women]
[No - 0, Yes - 1]________ [Other children]

4. When your family takes the main meal, do women usually eat with the men? Do women eat first by themselves? Or do men eat first?

Response options:
Eat together - 1
Women first - 2
Men first - 3
Varies, Other - 4

5. Do you yourself have any cash in hand to spend on household expenditures?

Response options:
No - 0
Yes - 1

6. Does anybody in your family has a bank account?

Response options:
No - 0
Yes - 1

7. IF YES: Is your name there on any bank account?

Response options:
No - 0
Yes - 1

8. Is your name on the ownership or rental papers for your home?

Response options:
No - 0
Yes - 1
No House papers - 8

9. Do you and your husband talk about …

  • … things that happen [at work on the farm] often, sometimes, or never?
  • … about what to spend money on?
  • … about things that happen in the community such as elections or politics?

Response options:
Never - 0
Sometimes - 1
Often - 2

Scoring Procedures

Not Applicable

Original Citation

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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