The Household Finance Research Initiative at Dvara is launching the Dvara Open Data Repository (DODR) to provide a single location to access publicly available household finance data in India. It is a carefully curated catalogue of datasets which are a product of various research efforts testing different hypotheses by studying household-level financial decision making. It aims to bridge the gap between researchers and data, by compiling publicly available survey data and making it available through a single user interface. This compiled data will have a wide range of applications throughout the community, both in academic and non-academic circles.
The Dvara Open Data Repository takes the form of a searchable list of datasets. The datasets are listed according to the publications that they were used in, and the authors that collected them. Datasets have been assigned keywords, which are a combination of keywords relating to the content of the paper as well as the variables held within the datasets. Each dataset is downloadable as a .zip file, which contains:
- A README file to help the user get started on working with the data
- A documentation file that gives the user information specific to the data and its initial intended uses
- The data in .csv and .dta formats
- The original questionnaires for the survey data (if they are available)