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Principal Investigator(s): University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
This survey was undertaken to assess consumer sentiment and buying plans. Open-ended questions were asked concerning evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, recession, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional variables probe respondents' buying intentions for a house, automobiles, appliances, and other consumer durables, and the respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses and other durables. Other variables probe respondents' opinions of government price controls, government spending, especially spending on welfare, income tax filing and returns, small foreign cars as compared to small American cars, and their financial status relative to the previous year. Information is also provided on respondents' car ownership and the make and use of it, and spending plans for their income tax refunds. Demographic variables provide information on respondents' age, sex, race, marital status, occupation, employment status, and family income.
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University of Michigan, Survey Research Center, Economic Behavior Program. SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, SUMMER 1973. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center [producer], 1973. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1977. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07476.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07476.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: automobile ownership, automobiles, automobile use, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, disposable income, durable goods, economic conditions, employment, government spending, household appliances, housing costs, income tax, inflation, interest rates, national economy, personal finances, price controls, price fluctuations, purchasing, stock market conditions, tax refunds, taxation
Geographic Coverage: United States
Universe: All families living in continental United States dwelling units, exclusive of those on military reservations.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
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Sample: One respondent from each family unit in the dwellings sampled, usually the head of the family, or the wife. The dwelling units were selected by area probability sampling from primary sampling units. For each dwelling unit in the sample, an interview was sought with a respondent from the primary family and from each secondary family (if any). The head of the family (usually the husband) was the preferred respondent, but the wife could substitute if the head was not readily available.
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personal interviews and telephone interviews
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-11
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