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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1985: Diary Survey (ICPSR 8905) RSS

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Summary:

The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous, comprehensive flow of data on the buying habits of American consumers. In addition, these data are employed to maintain and to review the Consumer Price Index. The Diary, or recordkeeping, component of the CES contains expenditure data for items purchased on a daily or weekly basis. Participants from consumer units, which are roughly equivalent to households, are asked to maintain expense records, or diaries, of all purchases made each day for two consecutive one-week periods. Diaries are designed to record information on small, frequently purchased items such as food, beverages, food consumed away from home, gasoline, housekeeping supplies, nonprescription drugs and medical supplies, and personal care products and services. Information is also elicited at the end of the two-week period on work experience, occupation, industry, retirement status, member earnings from wages and salaries, net income from business or profession, net income from one's own farm, and income from other sources.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  1985 First Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (3,966 KB)
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DS2:  1985 First Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2,158 KB)
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DS3:  1985 First Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (4,986 KB)
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DS4:  1985 Second Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (3,660 KB)
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DS5:  1985 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2,063 KB)
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DS6:  1985 Second Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (4,685 KB)
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DS7:  1985 Third Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (3,394 KB)
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DS8:  1985 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (1,927 KB)
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DS9:  1985 Third Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (4,254 KB)
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DS10:  1985 Fourth Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,827 KB)
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DS11:  1985 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2,654 KB)
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DS12:  1985 Fourth Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (5,922 KB)
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DS13:  1985 Universal Classification Codes and Their Titles - Download All Files (414 KB)
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Study Description

Citation

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1985: DIARY SURVEY. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08905.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile expenses, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, debt, demographic characteristics, energy consumption, food costs, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, purchasing, recreation expenses

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985

Universe:   Total United States civilian noninstitutionalized population.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook for this data collection is machine-readable only. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files supply information on consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, characteristics and earnings of the reference person and his or her spouse. Member Characteristics (MEMB) files contain selected characteristics for each consumer unit member, including reference person and spouse, and the Detailed Expenditures (EXPN) files present weekly data at the universal code (UCC) level.

Methodology

Sample:   This survey is based on a national probability sample of households. The sampling frame (i.e., the list from which housing units were chosen) for this survey was generated from the 1970 Census 100 percent detail file. Each selected sample unit is requested to keep two one-week diaries of expenditures over consecutive weeks. The earliest possible day for placing a diary with a household is predesignated so that each day of the week has an equal chance to start the reference week and the diaries are evenly spaced throughout the year. During the last six weeks of the year, the diary sample is supplemented to twice its normal size to increase the reportings of types of expenditures unique to the holiday season.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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