CMIE signed an agreement with the Survey Research Center of
the Institute for Social Research of the University of Michigan on 17
The two organisations have agreed to promote the following
Joint development of an Indian consumer sentiment survey
Joint projects to test and advance new approaches in
social science research
Joint development of survey research projects
The Ann Arbor based Survey Research Center is an international
leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the
collection and analysis of data, especially data from scientific sample
surveys. It conducts some of the most widely cited and influential
studies in the world.
Survey Research Center is well-known for its long-running
surveys, such as the Survey of Consumer Attitudes, the Panel
Study of Income Dynamics, the Monitoring the Future Study, and
the Health and Retirement Study. The Panel Study of Income
Dynamics is the only social science project included in the National
Science Foundation’s listing of the Nifty Fifty (50 top research projects
in NSF history).
CMIE conducts the largest survey of Indian households. It runs a
survey over a panel of nearly 160,000 households thrice in a year. Results
of the survey are disseminated by CMIE in its Consumer Pyramids
service. This service provides quarterly estimates of household income,
expenses and savings; proportion of households that invest and those
that borrow. It also provides estimates of the age-gender distribution,
occupation and education levels of individuals.
CMIE has plans to launch additional services based on this survey
data. The development of a consumer sentiments index in collaboration
with Survey Research Center of University of Michigan is one of them.
The MoU with University of Michigan will help CMIE in expanding
the use of the Consumer Pyramids data in academic research. CMIE
plans to make its record level data collected from the survey available
The Survey Research Center hopes to academically exploit the
vast amounts of data collected and paradata captured by CMIE during the
execution of the survey.