The People of India database contains detailed identity information on about 885,000 individual members who reside in households in the Consumer Pyramids sample.
The sample is large and well spread across India. It is therefore a good database to study the demographic profile of the people of India.
The database contains information on age, gender, religion, caste, state of origin, occupation, literacy, education level and discipline in case of higher education, status of health and financial inclusion.
Caste is an important identity characteristic in India based on traditional social stratifications. State of origin is an identity based on recent clustering of administrative regions.
Status of Health of individuals is captured in three self-assessed statuses. There are eight different indicators to represent financial inclusion and an indicator for mobile phone ownership.
Complete demographic data of members of all households in the Consumer Pyramids sample is collected thrice in a year. The People of India database is therefore updated thrice a year. The data always pertains to the date of the survey.
The Consumer Pyramids household survey is a longitudinal survey of households. Each Wave is executed over a period of four months.
A Wave of the Consumer Pyramids household survey is conducted over a period of four months. The total sample is divided equally into four parts to be executed during the four months of the survey.
A large sample size and a uniform distribution of execution of the Consumer Pyramids Household Survey enables the generation of useful daily observations of sample households.