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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1993: Diary Survey (ICPSR 6494) RSS

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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 were 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 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 the Income (DTAB) files contain data on CU characteristics and income at the UCC level.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter - Download All Files (8.4 MB)
DS2:  Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter - Download All Files (6 MB)
DS3:  Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter - Download All Files (9 MB)
DS4:  Income File, First Quarter - Download All Files (5.4 MB)
DS5:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter - Download All Files (8.2 MB)
DS6:  Member Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter - Download All Files (6 MB)
DS7:  Detailed Expenditures, Second Quarter - Download All Files (8.7 MB)
DS8:  Income File, Second Quarter - Download All Files (5.4 MB)
DS9:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter - Download All Files (8 MB)
DS10:  Member Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter - Download All Files (5.8 MB)
DS11:  Detailed Expenditures, Third Quarter - Download All Files (8.3 MB)
DS12:  Income File, Third Quarter - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
DS13:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (9.3 MB)
DS14:  Member Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (6.4 MB)
DS15:  Detailed Expenditures, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (9.8 MB)
DS16:  Income File, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
DS17:  Aggregation File - Download All Files (4.2 MB)
DS18:  Label File - Download All Files (4.1 MB)
DS19:  Universal Classification Codes - Download All Files (4.2 MB)
DS20:  Documentation File - Download All Files (4.2 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1995: DIARY SURVEY. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06494.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile expenses, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, debt, demographic characteristics, energy consumption, food costs, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, purchasing, recreation expenses

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1993

Date of Collection:  

  • 1993

Universe:   Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Part 20, Documentation File, includes a sample program and a list of the FMLY and MEMB variables by start position. Parts 17 and 18, Aggregation File and Label File, are processing files used by the program in Part 20. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using the Abode Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:   National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated forms


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB6494.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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