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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1989: Diary Survey (ICPSR 9714) RSS

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The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous flow of information on the buying habits of American consumers and also furnishes data to support periodic revisions of the Consumer Price Index. The survey consists of two separate components: (1) a quarterly Interview Survey in which each consumer unit in the sample is interviewed every three months over a 15-month period, and (2) a Diary Survey completed by the sample consumer units for two consecutive one-week periods. The Diary Survey 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 Universal Classification Code (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
DS1:  1989 First Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.6 MB)
DS2:  1989 First Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS3:  1989 First Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
DS4:  1989 First Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
DS5:  1989 Second Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
DS6:  1989 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS7:  1989 Second Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (5 MB)
DS8:  1989 Second Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
DS9:  1989 Third Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.2 MB)
DS10:  1989 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS11:  1989 Third Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
DS12:  1989 Third Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
DS13:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (5.9 MB)
DS14:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
DS15:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
DS16:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Income - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
DS17:  1989 Publication Aggregation - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS18:  1989 Publication Labels - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
DS19:  1989: Universal Classification Codes and Titles - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
DS20:  1989: Codebook Text for All Parts
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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1989: DIARY SURVEY. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09714.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:  

  • 1989

Universe:   Civilian noninstitutional population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data


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 20 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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