Databases for Academic Research in India

Event time: 
Friday, November 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Edward P. Evans Hall - School of Management (EVANS), Classroom 4200 See map
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Rm 4200
Event description: 

The South Asian Studies Council and Y-RISE invite you to a research seminar titled ‘Databases for Academic Research in India’ by Mahesh Vyas, MD and CEO of The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) on Friday, 19th November at 4 pm ET.
Event Type: Hybrid (In-person and via zoom)
Date & Time: Friday, 19 November, 4pm – 5pm ET
Location: Evans Hall, Room 4200; Zoom:

Seminar Description: The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) conducts large scale primary data collection. CMIE has created the largest integrated database of the Indian economy and conducts the largest survey to estimate household incomes, patterns of spending and savings. Mahesh Vyas, MD and CEO of CMIE will speak about the data that they are producing and in particular about the databases that could be of particular interest and use to academics conducting quantitative empirical research in the fields of political science, economics and sociology. This includes the Consumer Pyramids Household Survey, a new database that offers a series of estimations of household income, the pattern of expenses, sources of borrowing, a pattern of investments and ownership of assets of households in India. The estimations are based on India’s largest panel household survey consisting of over 150,000 households from over 300 cities and a hundred rural regions. A complementary database to Consumer Pyramids is the State of India. This offers time-series data on key economic and socio-economic indicators on the 36 states and union territories of India. CMIE data is used by several academic institutions including the National Council for Applied Economic Research, Oxford University, National University of Singapore, Harvard Business School, IIM-Ahmedabad, IIM-Bangalore, and IIM-Kolkata. Its databases have been used for studies on the impact of demonetization on the Indian economy and households, drivers of the firm growth, energy productivity across states, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unemployment across caste and gender lines, among others.

About Mahesh Vyas: Mahesh Vyas is Managing Director and CEO of Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt Ltd. He is the chief architect of CMIE’s databases which include CMIE’s proprietary databases – Prowess, CapEx and the Consumer Pyramids Household Survey database. Prowess is India’s largest database on the performance of Indian companies, CapEx is India’s largest database on the implementation of investment projects to create new capacities in India and, Consumer Pyramids Household Survey is India’s largest panel household survey. Mahesh writes regularly on the Indian economy for CMIE’s Economic Outlook and other services. He also writes a weekly column “On the Job” for Business Standard. His writings focus on labour markets, behaviour and performance of enterprises and investment cycles. Mahesh was a member of the High-Level Committee to Examine Auditor-Company Relationship set up by the Department of Company Affairs in 2002; a member of the Advisory Panel on Transparency Standards and of the Technical Sub-group on Data Dissemination Standards set up by Reserve Bank of India in 2007; a member of Working Group for Development of Methodology for Compilation of Index of Industrial Production in 2012, and a member of Expert Group to Review the Methodology for Measurement of Poverty in 2014. He is a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s Market Data Advisory Committee.
We look forward to seeing you there in person or on zoom!

Mahesh Vyas: Managing Director and CEO, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt Ltd