Wave 3 Launch
3 December 2013 | Pretoria
The NIDS Wave 3 official launch, hosted by the National Planning Commission (NPC), was opened by the Planning Minister, Trevor Manuel, on the 3rd of December 2013. The event showcased the depth and flexibility of the NIDS panel data. The audience included government representatives, NGOs, researchers and press.
A number of Discussion Papers have been written, and were presented at the launch. Among others, the topics include:
The Dynamics of Poverty in the First 3 Waves of NIDS
Mobility and Inequality in the First 3 Waves of NIDS
A summary of these discussion papers was published in the Wave 3 launch overview brochure available here. See here for a full list of Discussion Papers.
During the production of Wave 3 data, certain information came to the fore that required changes to the Wave 1 and Wave 2 datasets. This includes data from respondents who were interviewed in Wave 3 who had not been located in Wave 2, as well as the addition of new variables. Some of the changes necessitated a recalculation of the weights, and the weights were also calibrated to the latest mid-year population estimates. As such, we strongly recommend that all users download the latest Wave 1 and Wave 2 datasets in addition to Wave 3, especially if all 3 datasets will be used in conjunction. The data can be accessed from the following links:
In the media
Single-parent household poverty drops
Poverty rates among single-parent households dropped from 75 percent to about 60 percent since 2008, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said on Tuesday. He was speaking at the launch of the National Income Dynamics Study in Pretoria. Read more...
How will defining poverty help to break the cycle?
Interview on the Forum@eight, on SAfm. Listen to the interview...
More escaping from poverty - survey
South Africa has made significant progress in combating poverty, with one-third of those who lived in absolute poverty in 2008 having risen above the poverty line by last year, according to the latest data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). Read more...
SA's poverty levels are decreasing, shows new study
South Africa's poverty levels are decreasing and we are still largely a nation of labour migrants, if the country's first in-depth study into income and poverty is anything to go by. Established by the presidency, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) looked at over 28 000 people in three separate surveys from 2008, examining how certain factors affected their income and poverty levels. Read more...
Media moet onderskei tussen twiets en feite
Die media moet ophou om Twitter as sy hoofbron van inligting te gebruik en berigte eerder grond op navorsing wat deur die regering gedoen is. So het Trevor Manuel, minister in die presidensie, gister hier by die bekendstelling van die verslag van die Derde Nasionale Studie oor Inkomste-dinamika (Nids) gesê. Read more...
J-PAL Africa Project Incubation Fund
J-PAL Africa, located in SALDRU at UCT, has a pool of funds to support researchers to carry out exploratory research work on policy relevant questions related to South Africa. This work should lead to the development of a full research proposal for a randomised evaluation of programmes or interventions that assist in answering the research question. More information available here...
11 December 2013: Mitigating long-run health effects of drought: Evidence from South Africa
Taryn Dinkelman, Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College in the US, will be presenting the final SALDRU seminar of the year. The title of her presentation is “Mitigating long-run health effects of drought: Evidence from South Africa”. The abstract follows below.
Local environmental shocks are a pervasive source of income risk for poor households. If early life exposure to such shocks affects health in later life, do families try to mitigate these negative effects? This paper shows that some households can mitigate long-term health effects of childhood drought exposure, and suggests that spatial mobility is an important channel through which this occurs.
Lunch is at 12.30 in the Staff Lounge (Room 4.48, School of Economics Building, Middle Campus). The seminar starts at 13.00 in the School of Economics' Seminar Room (opposite the Staff Lounge).