NEEMSIS-1 wave (2016-17)


  • In brief
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In brief

The NEEMSIS-1 wave, conducted in 2016-17, is a multi-topic survey covering 2696 individuals, 492 households and 10 villages in-between Cuddalore and Villupuram districts in rural Tamil Nadu (South India).

NEEMSIS-1 survey aims at understanding the linkages between household and individuals’ labour, skills, social networks and social and spatial mobilities. This includes the investigation of various forces at play, spanning from the role of social structure (norms and institutions), the development and use of social networks, to the formation of cognitive and non-cognitive skills.

One of NEEMSIS-1’s specificity is its timing: an external shock, a nation-wide demonetisation policy, announced by Modi government in November 2016, directly affected livelihoods in the course of the survey. NEEMSIS took advantage of this context to try to address its effects on rural households.


NEEMSIS-1 wave was co-funded by NOPOOR (Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty), a five year European project (2012-2017), the IRD, and the IMTFI (Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion) of the University of California.


NEEMSIS-1 Survey manual

The NEEMSIS-1 Survey Manual provides all the necessary details for the correct handling of the NEEMSIS-1 data.
It includes:
– NEEMSIS-1 Survey manual
– NEEMSIS-1 Household questionnaire
– NEEMSIS-1 Individual questionnaire
– NEEMSIS-1 Migrant tracking questionnaire

Available on HAL »

Cite as:
Nordman, C. J., Guérin, I., Venkatasubramanian, G., Michiels, S., Lanos, Y., Kumar, S., Raj, A., & Hilger, A. (2017). NEEMSIS: Survey Manual (Tech. Rep. No. hal-03751302). IRD-IFP.


Datasets are available on Harvard Dataverse.

In order to comply with the general data protection regulation, the data has been anonymised, i.e. the names and addresses of respondents have been removed.

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