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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1988: Diary Survey (ICPSR 9570)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 used 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. The unit of analysis for the Consumer Expenditure Surveys is the consumer unit, consisting of all members of a particular housing unit who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or some other legal arrangement. Consumer unit determination for unrelated persons is based on financial independence. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files supply information on consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, and 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. The Detailed Expenditures (EXPN) files present weekly data on expenditures at the UCC level, while the Income (DTAB) files contain weekly data on income at the UCC level.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  1988 First Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.607 MB)
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DS2:  1988 First Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.261 MB)
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DS3:  1988 First Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (5.165 MB)
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DS4:  1988 First Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.704 MB)
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DS5:  1988 Second Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.16 MB)
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DS6:  1988 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.08 MB)
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DS7:  1988 Second Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (4.578 MB)
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DS8:  1988 Second Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.578 MB)
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DS9:  1988 Third Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.237 MB)
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DS10:  1988 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.126 MB)
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DS11:  1988 Third Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (4.697 MB)
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DS12:  1988 Third Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.597 MB)
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DS13:  1988 Fourth Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (5.813 MB)
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DS14:  1988 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.848 MB)
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DS15:  1988 Fourth Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (6.468 MB)
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DS16:  1988 Fourth Quarter: Income - Download All Files (2.07 MB)
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DS17:  1988 Publication Aggregation - Download All Files (0.476 MB)
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DS18:  1988 Publication Labels - Download All Files (0.454 MB)
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DS19:  1988 Universal Classification Codes and Their Titles - Download All Files (0.493 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1988: DIARY SURVEY. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09570.v1

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09570.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:  

  • 1988

Universe:   Civilian noninstitutional population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

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 1980 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 21 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 20 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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