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SALDRU DataFirst

 

SALDRU is involved in a series of short courses in conjunction with DataFirst. These courses are run in the beginning, mid and end of year university vacations at the University of Cape Town. Please contact Alison Siljeur for an up-to-date schedule of courses. 

 

 

Introduction to Stata 

 

This course is designed for people who wish to attend the other courses in this programme, in particular 'Complex Social Survey Data' or 'Measuring Economic Welfare', and who need to brush up on their basic Stata skills. It will also be useful for anyone who needs a basic Stata refresher. 


Course outline:

  • The Stata menu system and environment
  • Opening datasets and getting descriptive statistics
  • Preserving the output from a session
  • Restricting commands to subsets of the data
  • Regression with data
  • Running commands in batches (do‑files)
  • Simple graphs

 

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Econometrics Short Course

 

This course revises the statistical concepts relevant to regression analysis, covering both the theory as well as the practical implementation of these concepts.

 

Course outline:

  • Introduction to Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression including how and why it is used
  • Violations of the assumptions required for OLS and their implications
  • Inference in multiple regression
  • Regression with qualitative variables, including linear probability models
  • Specification and data issues in regression analysis

 

Prerequisites: Participants must have basic Stata skills, for example through completing the UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data, or an undergraduate course in econometrics in which Stata was used.

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Participant experiences

 

Dale van der LingenThis was a good course that had adequate practical examples in order for me to get to grips with Stata. This pre-course helped me to be prepared for the complex social survey course. I highly recommend it.

Dale van der Lingen, Department of the Premier, Western Cape

 

 

Phinah KgafelaThe course was good in general. The content was very useful for my continuation in the Complex Survey Course and it really served as a good base for other courses. Commands were well explained by the instructor and at times supported by examples, which made them clearer and more understandable. The relationship between the instructor, tutor and all the participants was an excellent one. All went well and congratulations to SALDRU and DataFirst for this well managed and informative course.

Phinah Kgafela, Statistics South Africa

 

 

Measuring Consumption

 

This course tackles important topics in consumption theory including demand systems and Engel’s law. Students are taught how to operationalise consumption theory on actual data, as well as how to compare micro and macro estimates of consumption. The theory is complemented with practical training in using survey data with Stata.

 

Course outline:

  • Measuring consumption
  • Modelling consumption
    • Consumer demand
    • Engel’s law
    • The life-cycle model
  • Estimating consumption models on micro-data, using Stata
  • Puzzles in the relationship between micro- and macro-aggregates

 

Prerequisites: Participants must have basic Stata skills, for example through completing the UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data, or an undergraduate course in econometrics in which Stata was used.

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Measuring Economic Welfare

 

This course introduces students, researchers, and officials in state agencies to the key concepts in measuring income, expenditure, poverty and inequality. There is a strong practical component where participants use survey data to undertake welfare measurement and analysis.

 

Course outline:

  • Introduction to the measurement of income and expenditure
  • Measuring poverty and poverty lines
  • Practical issues in measuring poverty
  • Measuring inequality
  • Practical issues in measuring inequality
  • Asset indices as alternative measures of well-being
  • Practical issues in creating and using asset indices

 

Prerequisites: Participants must have basic Stata skills, for example through completing the UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data, or an undergraduate course in econometrics in which Stata was used.

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 Participant experiences

 

Sandile SimelaneThe course was excellent. While the pace is quite fast, mainly because a lot of material is compressed into two weeks, I found that it was delivered in a manner that made it easy for me to grasp the concepts. This is mainly a reflection of the high quality of teaching. Since I come from the Poverty and Inequality division of StatsSA, I will definitely use the material covered in the course. Actually, I recommend it for everyone in the division. 

 Sandile Simelane, Statistics South Africa

  

Rejoice MabhenaI found the course very interesting and I have acquired new data analysis skills. The lectures were well structured and the content was detailed. I am interested in pursuing a PhD related to labour economics and poverty reduction and, as a result, the entire course was very useful. Of special mention was the lecture on asset indices as well as other non-money metric measures of well-being. Tthe quality of teaching was superb. I think that this course was well executed and I wouldn't change anything. 

 Rejoice Mabhena, Master’s student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

 

 

 

Understanding Complex Social Survey Data

 

This is course targets postgraduate students (Masters and Ph.D.), researchers, and officials in state agencies wanting to analyse social surveys using Stata.  Course participants should be familiar with Stata and basic statistical tools, such as regression analysis. 

 

Course content:

  • The theory of weighting, clustering and stratification

  • The practical implementation of surveys in South Africa

  • Survey analysis tools in Stata

  • Generating estimates from sample surveys that are representative of the population
  • Calculations of the correct standard errors for such estimates

 

Prerequisites: Participants must have basic Stata skills, for example through completing the UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data, or an undergraduate course in econometrics in which Stata was used.

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 Participant experiences

 

Katherine MorseI appreciated understanding the big picture of how complex surveys are done, the problems that can arise with data analysis and how to correct them. Working in groups on practical exercises was helpful, as were worked examples by the lecturer. I struggled with some of the maths formulae.

Katherine Morse, Sociology Masters student, University of Cape Town

 

Jackson OtienoThis course comes at the right time of my thesis writing. The course is quite helpful for those who use survey data like myself. The teaching was excellent, as were the practicals. This course could probably be run for two weeks to allow more time to go deeper into the material.

Jackson Otieno, Economics PhD student, University of Cape Town

 

 

Understanding Panel Survey Data

 

The course introduces students to the techniques used in the analysis of “cross-sectional” panel data sets, such as the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). Course participants must be familiar with Stata and basic statistical tools.

 

Course outline:

  • Introduction to using and analysing panel data
  • Merging, appending and reshaping data
  • Weights and attrition
  • Descriptive analysis using both long and wide form panel data
  • Construction and evaluation of transition matrices
  • Panel estimators for regression analysis
  • Numerous long examples to practice the theoretical concepts

 

Prerequisites: Participants must have basic Stata skills, for example through completing the UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data, or an undergraduate course in econometrics in which Stata was used.

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 Participant experiences

 

Ntombezinhle Bongelwa NzamaI feel my knowledge of panel data analysis has been expanded by this course. I know I will use the material in the future. I thought both that the teachers could explain concepts well and that the help I received during the tutorials was excellent. A special thanks goes to Bianca, the tutor, who was so good at explaining the concepts and Stata code.

Ntombezinhle Bongelwa Nzama, Statistics South Africa

 


Simphiwe Siphesihle KhozaThe course was great. The lecturers and tutors were genuinely friendly and no question was stupid to them – I really appreciated that! The course was well structured. Thank you!

Simphiwe Siphesihle Khoza, Stellenbosch University

 

  

 

Understanding the South African Labour Market


The course will introduce the theory of labour demand and supply, and discuss the role of education and human capital in wage determination and employment outcomes. The theory will be complemented with practical training in using survey data with Stata.

 

Course content:

  • The role of trade unions
  • Discrimination in the labour market
  • The public sector
  • Transport to work
  • The impact of minimum wages

 

Prerequisites: Participants must have basic Stata skills, for example through completing the UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data, or an undergraduate course in econometrics in which Stata was used.

Next coursePlease contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on the next course.

 

  

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