NIDS Panel Data Course: An Introduction to Analysing Waves 1-4 using Stata, 6-8 December 2017, University of Cape Town

This three-day training course is designed for people who are interested in using the National Income Dynamics Study (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.

It is essential that participants have basic Stata skills and have used microdata in the past. For anyone transitioning from another package (e.g. SPSS, R or SAS) or in need of a quick refresher, SALDRU has an online introduction to Stata course. 

The course will cover the following topics:

• Accessing the NIDS data
• Data structure
• Merging within and across waves
• Creating analysis variables
• Attrition and sampling weights
• Creating and interpreting transition matrices.

The course can accommodate 30 participants. There is an attendance fee of R7 000 which covers materials, instruction and lunch. Participants may apply for the course fee, airfare and accommodation to be covered by NIDS, although a limited number of scholarships have been secured for these purposes.

The course will run from 9am - 4:30pm each day. Please do not apply to the course if you have other commitments which will require you to skip sessions.

To apply for the course, please fill out the online application form. Staff and post-graduate students at historically disadvantaged institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. When applying please indicate whether your attendance is conditional on financial assistance, and if so, of what sort. The deadline for applications is 26 October 2017. We will let applicants know if they have been accepted by 1 November 2017.

We expect participants to confirm their attendance with receipt of attendance fee by 8 November 2017 at the latest.  Download the flyer.

Enquiries: Lynn Evon (021) 650-5968 or lynn.evon[at]


NIDS Hosts Mid-Year 5-day Panel Data Coursetraining

The 5-day NIDS Panel Data Course, which took place from 31 July to 4 August at UCT’s School of Economics, provided an introduction to analysing the NIDS Wave 1-4 data using Stata. More specifically, the techniques used in the analysis of longitudinal household survey data (i.e. panel data) were explored. As such, topics such as panel data management, transitions over time, weighting, differential attrition, longitudinal regression analysis and model selection were some of the topics that were covered over the 5 days.

The course was designed for people with honours-level econometrics who have prior experience using Stata to analyse cross-sectional household survey data. The course was attended by 28 economics researchers, lecturers, and students from across South Africa. According to many of the attendees, the skills that they acquired during the course will prove invaluable to their future research.

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