Economic Data Resources: South Africa

If, like me, you become interested in analyzing post-Apartheid South Africa, you will need to find as much good-quality data as you can get your hands on. Here are links to sources that I found useful: (Please add any resources you think are lacking in the comments below. I will update this post as I become aware of more resources.)

Country Profiles

These country profiles provide a handy overview and are useful for brainstorming regional research topics.

General Sources

These general sources are collected and maintained by South African institutions.

Household Surveys

  • KIDS dataset: this survey includes 3 waves – 1993, 1998, and 2004 covering the KwaZulu-Natal province.
  • NIDS dataset: wave 1 of this national survey covers 2008 while the second wave includes data from 2010 and 2011.
  • IPUMS – click on “Change Samples” to select the South African surveys
  • World Bank LSMS
  • World Bank Microdata

Other Projects on South Africa

Trade Statistics