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.

Announcements

Wave 4 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 Presidency.  We intend to be in the field later this year and target a wave 4 data release by mid 2016.  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)

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 1, Wave 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

training

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

 

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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