Discussion Papers Discussion Papers

In the initial planning phases of NIDS, SALDRU commissioned a series of Planning Papers highlighting important socio-economic issues in South Africa. Whilst standing in their own right, as a set they ...

Announcements Announcements

NIDS Wave 5 data is now available, together with updated versions of Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3 and Wave 4. Data cleaning has been ongoing since the last release and new variables have been added. Please ...

Training & Outreach Training & Outreach

NIDS Hosts 3-day Panel Data Course NIDS hosted a 3-day Panel Data Course from 3- 5 December 2018 at UCT’s School of Economics. The course provided an introduction to analysing the NIDS Wave 1...

NIDS in the Media NIDS in the Media

Illicit cigarettes An article in the Financial Mail by Tim Cohen goes in depth about illicit cigarette trade and amongst other considerations, the effect they have on SARS revenue. The article cites ...

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NIDS is a panel study that has been following the lives of the same 28 000 South Africans and those they live with since 2008. An initiative of the Department of Monitoring, Planning and Evaluation in the South African government, the study is implemented by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit based at the University of Cape Town's School of Economics. Approximately every two years, highly trained fieldworkers attempt to re-interview the same people to find out what – if  anything – has changed for them since they were last interviewed.

39 400

individuals interviewed in 2017

10 800

households interviewed in 2017

10 years

since inception