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South African Labour Market Microdata Scoping Study

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC); Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP)

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Woolfrey, Lynn


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This study investigates sources of data available for analysis of the South African labour market. It is a data discovery exercise to determine what data is available for policy research and to assist policy analysts to locate data sources relevant to their research needs. Therefore, information is also provided on the means of accessing this data. Most of the microdata identified here is in the public domain, although some data sources are for research use only. The project elicits data sources from 1993 to February 2013. The scope of the study is microdata, that is, unit record data, including data collected by government census and survey projects of the National Statistics Office (NSO), Statistics South Africa (SSA). Data from survey projects of research institutions also falls under the ambit of this research. The study also covers administrative data collected routinely by government departments in the course of their work, where this exists in a form that could be made publicly available.

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