Measuring Consumption

The course is targeted at researchers, postgraduate students and analysts who want the theoretical background and practical skills to analyse consumption survey data, e.g. from the Income and Expenditure Surveys or the Living Conditions Surveys.

Course Content: 

  • Consumption surveys and Engel curves,
  • Engel curves and equivalence scales.  Microeconomic theory of demand,
  • Estimating Demand equations,
  • Social influences on consumption
  • Life-cycle considerations,
  • Micro and macro issues

Prerequisites:  Course Participants will be expected to have already acquired basic Stata skills.   

Date: Dates  to be confirmed

Mode of Delivery: This course will be offered online.

Course Instructor: Prof Martin Wittenberg, Director, DataFirst

Course Fees:  Cost of the course is R10 500.00.  Partial scholarships are available to bona fide students and academics.


This is a joint SALDRU and DataFirst course. We reserve the right to postpone or cancel this course due to lack of demand.

Participant comments

Measuring consumption"It was helpful to learn how to use both non-parametric and parametric methods to measure consumption. On a personal level it was interesting to learn about conspicuous consumption and whether it occurs in my own life. I concluded “Nope, definitely not” as I am investing in the education of 3 dependants! At the end of it all, I feel I have learnt enough from the course to write a research paper." (Patricia Koka, Stats SA)

Measuring consumption"The course provided new knowledge but it also refreshed my memory of some of the theories (such as the Engel and Rothbarth methods) that I learned during my undergraduate studies. Proving these theories using real life data – The Living Conditions Survey - and understanding why the National Accounts differ from the LCS was fascinating for me. I am looking forward to applying my knowledge in analyzing the LCS 2014/15 data and producing detailed and informative reports for our Stats SA data users."” (Thapelo Tshabadira, Stats SA)

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