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Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous flow of information on the buying habits of American consumers and also furnishes data to support periodic revisions of the Consumer Price Index. The survey consists of two separate components: (1) a quarterly Interview Survey in which each consumer unit in the sample is interviewed every three months over a 15-month period, and (2) a Diary Survey completed by the sample consumer units for two consecutive one-week periods. The Diary Survey contains consumer information on small, frequently-purchased items such as food, beverages, food consumed away from home, gasoline, housekeeping supplies, nonprescription drugs and medical supplies, and personal care products and services. Participants are asked to maintain expense records, or diaries, of all purchases made each day for two consecutive one-week periods. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files supply information on consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, and characteristics and earnings of the reference person and his or her spouse. A consumer unit (CU) consists of all members of a particular housing unit who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or some other legal arrangement. Consumer unit determination for unrelated persons is based on financial independence. Member Characteristics (MEMB) files contain selected characteristics and earnings for each consumer unit member, including information on relationship to reference person. The Detailed Expenditures (EXPN) files present weekly data on expenditures at the Universal Classification Code (UCC) level, while Income (DTAB) files contain data on CU characteristics and income at the UCC level.
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U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 2003: DIARY SURVEY. ICPSR04180-v1. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [producer], 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-06-13. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04180.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04180.v1
Scope of Study
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) Some changes for FMLY and MEMB data files were made. For the details, please see, "Section II. Changes from the 2002 Microdata Files" in the codebook. (2) The Universal Classification Codes, Diary Sample Program, and Integrated Diary and Interview Program are provided with the inputs. The output from the Sample Program is also available. (3) Integrated Diary and Interview Program uses both Diary and Interview data.
Sample: National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.
Mode of Data Collection: face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire
Original ICPSR Release: 2007-06-13
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