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Research Note: Errors In The October Household Survey 1994 Available From The South African Data Archive

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The on-line electronic documentation supplied with the 1994 October Household Survey by the South African Data Archive (SADA) appears to be incorrect. In particular, the electronic version of the questionnaire does not correspond to the hard copy in the possession of the author. The most serious error is that the race classification in the electronic copy is different from the classification on the hard copy. Researchers relying on the electronic copy will erroneously interchange the categories "Coloured", "White" and "Black". This could lead to seriously misleading analyses. The reason for this mistake can probably be attributed to a retyping of the questionnaire using the 1993 OHS as a template. Copyright (c) 2006 The Author. Journal compilation (c) 2006 Economic Society of South Africa.

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  • Martin Wittenberg, 2006. "Research Note: Errors In The October Household Survey 1994 Available From The South African Data Archive," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 74(4), pages 766-768, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:sajeco:v:74:y:2006:i:4:p:766-768
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    1. Reza C. Daniels, 2012. "A Framework for Investigating Micro Data Quality, with Application to South African Labour Market Household Surveys," SALDRU Working Papers 90, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.

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