National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS)

What is this?
The National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) is a panel survey funded by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and implemented by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Key points
  • Survey of 28 000 individuals and 7 300 households
  • Conducted every two years with the same households
  • Poverty and well-being
  • Household composition and structure
  • Fertility, mortality and migration
  • Labour market participation and economic activity
  • Health and education
What can it be used for?
The study provides insight into the changing lived experiences of a specific set of households since 2008. The study covers critical issues such as poverty and well-being; household composition and structure; fertility and mortality; migration; labour market participation; economic activity; human capital formation; health; education; vulnerability and social capital. The NIDS provides example findings, scholarships, summary videos, and training on how to use the panel data.
How can it be accessed and used?
  1. Visit the NIDS home page
  2. Learn how to access NIDS data

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