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

 New Dataset including Wave 4. -  We are pleased to announce a new publication of our dataset which now includes the latest wave of data. Our extensive panel dataset tracking some 28,000 individuals now spans some 8 years and is still running. In addition to the new wave and data quality improvements to previous waves, some highlights of this release are:

  • The inclusion of Police Station District data
  • Coding of migration variables using Statistics South Africa's Census 2011 Geographical data
  • Use of International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) codes to consistently classify employment codes across all waves
  • Addition of education progression questions in Wave 4 to correct inconsistent historic education data
  • Allocation of identifiers (PID’s) to all children on the birth history

Download our datasets and program libraries.

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 5 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). 

Data Releases

New versions of Wave 1, Wave 2,  Wave 3 and Wave 4 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.  The data sets are available in Stata format only. Previously, the data was made available in R, SAS and SPSS. However all these programs now have a functionality to import Stata files.

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 the 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 by clicking below:   

 

WAVE 1

  Download the NIDS Wave 1 Dataset

WAVE 2

  Download the NIDS Wave 2 Dataset

WAVE 3

  Download the NIDS Wave 3 Dataset

WAVE 4

Download the NIDS Wave 4 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 and 4 using Stata

4 to 8 July 2016

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.

If you wish to be sent course invitations directly, please add your details to our mailing list.

 

Correct Citation of the Data

Wave 4 Data: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. National Income Dynamics Study 2014 - 2015, Wave 4 [dataset]. Version 1.0. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit [producer], 2016. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2016. Pretoria: Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation [commissioner], 2014

Wave 3 Data: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. National Income Dynamics Study 2012, Wave 3 [dataset]. Version 2.0. 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 3.0. 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 6.0. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit [producer], 2015. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2015

Wave 4 User Manual: Chinhema, M., Brophy, T., Brown, M., Leibbrandt, M., Mlatsheni, C., & Woolard, I., eds. 2016. "National Income Dynamics Study Panel User Manual", Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit.

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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