DataFirst is a data service dedicated to making South African and other African survey and administrative microdata available to researchers and policy analysts. We promote high quality research by providing the essential research infrastructure for discovering and accessing data and by developing skills among prospective users, particularly in South Africa.  We undertake research on the quality and usability of national data and encourage data usage and data sharing.

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Latest News

Lynn Woolfrey at the SciDataCon 2014

New technical paper: Recalibrating the OHSs to adjust for sampling changes by Takwanisa Machemedze, Andrew Kerr and Martin Wittenberg

New technical paper: Household formation and household size in post-apartheid South Africa: Evidence from the Agincourt sub-district 1992-2003 by Martin Wittenberg and Mark Collinson

New technical paper: Wages and wage inequality in South Africa 1994-2011: The evidence from household survey data by Martin Wittenberg

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