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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, December 1998 (ICPSR 35183)
Principal Investigator(s): University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
The Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior series (also known as the Surveys of Consumers) 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. The data regularly include the Index of Consumer Sentiment, the Index of Current Economic Conditions, and the Index of Consumer Expectations. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 1998 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, and retirement planning.Other topics in this series 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, December 1998. ICPSR35183-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-10-30. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35183.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35183.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: automobile use, automobiles, computer use, consumer attitudes, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, economic change, economic conditions, economic policy, education, ethnicity, financial assets, financial planning, government, home ownership, household appliances, household income, housing costs, income, inflation, interest rates, Internet, investments, marital status, national economy, personal finances, retirement, savings, Social Security, stock markets, stock prices, vehicles
Smallest Geographic Unit: region
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: Individual, Household
Universe: Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones within the United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Information on the Index of Consumer Sentiment, the Index of Current Economic Conditions, and the Index of Consumer Expectations and how they were created can be found in the ICPSR Codebook.
Additional information on the Surveys of Consumers can be found by visiting 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.
Time Method: Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section
The data are not weighted. This collection contains three weight variables: WT (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT 2), V95 (ADULT WEIGHT), and V96 (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT 1) that can 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.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2014-06-27
- 2015-10-30 The producer made corrections and performed recodes on the data; all data and documentation have been updated to reflect these changes.
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