About us

What do we do?

The NEEMSIS survey is a longitudinal data collection tool that aims at understanding the links between labour, skills, financial practices, social and migration dynamics and social networks formation in India.

It explores how the formation of skills and social networks, especially those defined at the community and individual levels, influence observed inequalities in individuals’ trajectories in terms of social status (class, caste, gender, ethnicity, religion), employment and migration. This includes the investigation of various forces at play, spanning from the role of social structures (norms and institutions), the development and use of social networks, to the formation of cognitive and non-cognitive skills.

The NEEMSIS survey involved more than 600 households from rural Tamil Nadu, India.

Where does the survey take place?

The NEEMSIS originally takes place in 10 villages in Tamil Nadu, India, located in the Cuddalore and Kallakurichi (ex Viluppuram) districts: Manappakam, Semakottai, Manamthavizhthaputhur, Natham, Korattore, Karumbur, Oraiyur, Govulapuram, Elamthampattu, and Kuvagam.



Christophe Jalil Nordman
Research director at IRD
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Govindan Venkatasubramanian
Researcher at IFP
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