Principal Investigator(s): University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
The Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior series was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why such changes occur, and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 2002 focused on topics such as evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Opinions were collected regarding respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, computers, and other durables. Also explored in this survey, were respondents' types of savings and financial investments, loan use, family income, retirement planning, and refinancing of respondents' mortgages. Other topics typically include ownership, lease, and use of automobiles, respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, and respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.
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University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, June 2002. ICPSR34530-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-03-14. doi:10.3886/ICPSR34530.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34530.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: automobile use, automobiles, cellular phones, computer use, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, durable goods, economic conditions, education, ethnicity, financial assets, financial planning, gasoline prices, government, home ownership, household appliances, housing costs, income, inflation, interest rates, Internet, investments, marital status, national economy, pensions, personal finances, price fluctuations, public opinion, purchasing, refinancing, retirement, savings, Social Security, stock markets, stock prices, unemployment, unemployment rate, vehicles
Smallest Geographic Unit: region
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individual, household
Universe: Population of the United States aged 18 and older in households.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Additional information on the Surveys of Consumers can be found by using the Surveys of Consumers Web site.
Study Purpose: The purpose of this survey series is to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior.
Sample: National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.
This collection contains four weight variables; WT (HOUSEHOLD HEAD WEIGHT), WT_HH (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT), WT_ADHD (ADULT HEAD WEIGHT), and WT_AD (ADULT WEIGHT) that must be used in any analysis. For more information on weights and sampling please visit the Surveys of Consumers Web site and refer to the documentation on Sample Design, and the section on Sample Weights.
Mode of Data Collection: computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Created variable labels and/or value labels.
- Standardized missing values.
- Created online analysis version with question text.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2013-03-14
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