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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, July 2013 (ICPSR 36475)

Alternate Title:   Surveys of Consumers

Principal Investigator(s): University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program

Summary:

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 2013 focused on topics such as evaluations and expectations of financial investments, employment, price changes, the national business situation, and the stock market. Opinions were collected regarding respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing and owning houses, automobiles, and other household items. Also explored in this survey were respondents' types of savings, family income, retirement planning, and phone use.

Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.

Series: Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series

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University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, July 2013. ICPSR36475-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-07-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36475.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36475.v1

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Scope of Study

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

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Census Region

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-06--2013-07

Unit of Observation:    individual, household

Universe:    Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones within the United States.

Data Type(s):    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.

Methodology

Study Purpose:    The purpose of this survey series is to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior.

Study Design:    This survey is a rotating panel design. For each monthly sample, an independent cross-section sample of households is drawn. The respondents chosen in this drawing are then re-interviewed six months later. The result is a rotating panel design, and the total sample for any one survey is normally made up of 60 percent new respondents with 40 percent being interviewed for the second time.

Sample:    Survey draws from national sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.

Time Method:    Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:   

The data are not weighted, however, 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 refer to the documentation and/or visit the Surveys of Consumers Web site.

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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Original ICPSR Release:   2016-07-12

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