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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, April 2000 (ICPSR 35270)

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The Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior series was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why these changes occur, and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. Since the late 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 2000 focused on topics such as evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions inquired about buying intentions for automobiles and computers, and the 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 sources of income, and respondents' ownership, lease, and use of automobiles. Other topics typically include respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet, electronic banking, and information on informed consent and confidentiality regarding the survey. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.

Series: Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series

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Study Description


University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, April 2000. ICPSR35270-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-08-26. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35270.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile ownership, automobile use, automobiles, computer use, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, economic change, economic conditions, economic policy, education, ethnicity, financial assets, financial planning, gasoline consumption, gasoline prices, government, home ownership, household appliances, household expenditures, household income, housing costs, income, inflation, interest rates, Internet, investments, marital status, national economy, pensions, personal finances, refinancing, retirement, savings, Social Security, stock markets, stock prices, unemployment, unemployment rate, vehicles

Smallest Geographic Unit:   Region

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2000-04

Date of Collection:  

  • 2000-04

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:

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 landline phone numbers selected by probability sampling.

Time Method:   Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section


The data are not weighted, however, this collection contains four weight variables that can be used in any analysis: WT_AD (ADULT WEIGHT), WT_HH (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT), WT_ADHD (ADULT HEAD WEIGHT), WT (HOUSEHOLD HEAD WEIGHT). 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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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