Welcome to the National Income Dynamics Study

The National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), is the first national panel study in South Africa. The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) based at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town is tasked with implementing this survey. More of our details can be viewed on our channel here. round

Announcements

 Request for Proposal  - Data Collection for the National Income Dynamics Study Wave 5. The Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the Universityof Cape Town has been commissioned by the Office of the Presidency to undertake the fifth wave of the National Income Dynamic Study (NIDS). Prior to data collection, SALDRU requires a service provider to undertake a sample refresh exercise to add approximately 4,200 extra new households and their members to the survey. This will involve listing in up to 58 enumeration areas originally drawn from the STATSSA master sample. We invite fieldwork organisations or consortia of fieldwork organisations to submit a proposal for conducting the fieldwork. More details available here.

Wave 5 implementation has been awarded to SALDRU at the University of Cape Town. Here at SALDRU, we are delighted to be again undertaking this important study on behalf of the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation.  We intend to be in the field later this year and target a wave 4 data release by third quarter 2018.  We hope this data release will be met with as much enthusiasm and worthwhile research as we have experienced to date (for examples see our publications).  In the meantime the Wave 4 inclusive dataset is due for public release by end of May 2016.

Census 2011 Geography variables have been incorporated into all NIDS Waves. For an overview and discussion of the changes you can access the Census 2011 in NIDS document. For details of the specific changes since previous releases can be accessed here for Wave 1Wave 2 and  Wave 3.

Data Releases

New versions of Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3 data are now available, including Admin Data. Data cleaning has been ongoing since the last release and new variables have been added. Please download the latest data.

NIDS data is hosted through the DataFirst portal based at the University of Cape Town. 

Clicking on a dataset link below will take you to there relevant page on the DataFirst portal.  Once there, to download the data click on the "Get Microdata" tab.

Note: First time users will be requested to register before downloading (please ensure to read the terms of use).  After registration you will simply need to log in when downloading data. 

See the "how to register' video can be viewed by clicking here:   

  

WAVE 1

  Download the NIDS Wave 1 Dataset

 

WAVE 2

  Download the NIDS Wave 2 Dataset

 

WAVE 3

  Download the NIDS Wave 3 Dataset

 

Training Initiatives

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SALDRU offers two training courses that instruct researchers how to use the data, an introductory course & an advanced panel data econometrics course. 

 

NIDS Panel Data Course

Analysing Waves 1, 2 & 3 using Stata

2 - 4 November 2015

This training course is designed for people who are interested in using the NIDS panel data but have not yet done so. Participants should have prior experience using STATA to analyse cross-sectional household survey data. However, experience working with panel data is not necessary.

This course  was completed on 4th November 2015 with great feedback, thanks to all our participants.  If you wish to be sent course invitations directly, please add your details to our mailing list.

 

Correct Citation of the Data

Wave 3 Data: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. National Income Dynamics Study 2012, Wave 3 [dataset]. Version 1.3. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit [producer], 2015. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2015

Wave 2 Data: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. National Income Dynamics Study 2010-2011, Wave 2 [dataset]. Version 2.3. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit [producer], 2015. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2015

Wave 1 Data: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. National Income Dynamics Study 2008, Wave 1 [dataset]. Version 5.3. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit [producer], 2015. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2015

Wave 3 User Manual: De Villiers, L., Brown, M., Woolard, I., Daniels, R.C., & Leibbrandt, M, eds. 2013, "National Income Dynamics Study Wave 3 User Manual", Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit

Wave 2 User Manual: Brown, M., Daniels, R.C., De Villiers, L., Leibbrandt, M., & Woolard, I., eds. 2013, "National Income Dynamics Study Wave 2 User Manual", Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit

 

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