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Wealth data quality in the National Income Dynamics Study Wave 2

Reza Daniels (), Arden Finn () and Sibongile Musundwa

Development Southern Africa, 2014, vol. 31, issue 1, 31-50

Abstract: This paper examines the quality of data on household assets, liabilities and net worth in the South African National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) Wave 2. The NIDS is the first nationally representative survey on household wealth in South Africa. The cross-sectionally weighted data are found to be fit for use in terms of the univariate distributions of net worth, assets and liabilities, but population totals are probably underestimated due to the presence of missing wealth data in Phase 2 of Wave 2 that is not taken into account in the weights. When compared with national accounts estimates of household net worth, there is an apparent inversion of the estimated totals of financial assets versus non-financial assets. Further research is required into why this is so. We find that the NIDS wealth module is a suitable instrument for the analysis of household wealth.

Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2013.858308

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