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Consumer Expenditure Surveys, 1980-1989: Interview Surveys, for Household-Level Analysis (ICPSR 9851)

Principal Investigator(s): Nelson, Julie A.

Summary:

This data collection constitutes a reorganization of data from the Interview Survey component of the Consumer Expenditure Surveys produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the years 1980-1989. The Interview Surveys collect data on the expenditures, household characteristics, and income of a sample of consumer units. Interviews are conducted quarterly for a period of 15 months. While the original files are ordered by calendar quarter and calendar month, the reorganized files in this collection use the consumer unit (equivalent to a family or household) as the unit of analysis. The reorganization facilitates analysis of expenditure patterns of individual consumer units. Two kinds of files are presented in this collection: detailed and summary. The detailed files, Consumer Unit (CU), BLS Aggregated Data (BLS), Member Data (MEM), and Expenditure Tabulations (MT) files, retain almost all of the information from the original Interview Survey files (FMLY, MEMB, and MTAB). The detailed files are named according to the calendar year in which the consumer unit's fifth interview took place. Expenditures are expressed as monthly or quarterly totals in 472 categories. The summary files, Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation (SUMQ), Summary (SUMMARY), and Aggregated Quarterly Expenditures, 1984-1989 (BLSSUM), aggregate expenditures by type and by quarter or year. The SUMQ files (one for each year) contain information on expenditures aggregated over interview quarters in approximately 70 aggregate categories. The SUMMARY file contains annual expenditures in the same 70 categories, along with selected demographic variables, for those consumer units that participated in the survey for a full year. For convenience, two files containing United States city average Consumer Price Indices corresponding to the aggregate goods categories by month and by year are provided. The BLSSUM file contains quarterly summed expenditures for all consumer units from 1984 on, using the aggregation scheme followed by the BLS files.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Consumer Unit File, 1980 - Download All Files (4.71 MB)
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DS2:  Consumer Unit File, 1981 - Download All Files (5.363 MB)
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DS3:  Consumer Unit File, 1982 - Download All Files (4.996 MB)
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DS4:  Consumer Unit File, 1983 - Download All Files (4.835 MB)
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DS5:  Consumer Unit File, 1984 - Download All Files (5.324 MB)
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DS6:  Consumer Unit File, 1985 - Download All Files (5.385 MB)
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DS7:  Consumer Unit File, 1986 - Download All Files (6.4 MB)
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DS8:  Consumer Unit File, 1987 - Download All Files (5.927 MB)
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DS9:  Consumer Unit File, 1988 - Download All Files (5.752 MB)
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DS10:  Consumer Unit File, 1989 - Download All Files (5.184 MB)
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DS11:  Aggregated Quarterly Expenditures, 1984-1989 - Download All Files (45.677 MB)
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DS12:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1980 - Download All Files (2.792 MB)
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DS13:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1981 - Download All Files (4.018 MB)
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DS14:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1982 - Download All Files (3.796 MB)
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DS15:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1983 - Download All Files (3.792 MB)
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DS16:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1984 - Download All Files (4.062 MB)
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DS17:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1985 - Download All Files (4.233 MB)
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DS18:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1986 - Download All Files (4.243 MB)
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DS19:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1987 - Download All Files (4.669 MB)
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DS20:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1988 - Download All Files (4.383 MB)
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DS21:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1989 - Download All Files (4.168 MB)
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DS22:  Member Data, 1980 - Download All Files (6.877 MB)
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DS23:  Member Data, 1981 - Download All Files (10.565 MB)
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DS24:  Member Data, 1982 - Download All Files (9.745 MB)
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DS25:  Member Data, 1983 - Download All Files (9.739 MB)
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DS26:  Member Data, 1984 - Download All Files (10.522 MB)
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DS27:  Member Data, 1985 - Download All Files (10.965 MB)
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DS28:  Member Data, 1986 - Download All Files (10.912 MB)
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DS29:  Member Data, 1987 - Download All Files (12.353 MB)
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DS30:  Member Data, 1988 - Download All Files (11.48 MB)
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DS31:  Member Data, 1989 - Download All Files (10.792 MB)
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DS32:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1980 - Download All Files (12.69 MB)
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DS33:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1981 - Download All Files (26.577 MB)
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DS34:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1982 - Download All Files (25.228 MB)
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DS35:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1983 - Download All Files (25.215 MB)
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DS36:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1984 - Download All Files (27.901 MB)
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DS37:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1985 - Download All Files (29.221 MB)
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DS38:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1986 - Download All Files (29.37 MB)
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DS39:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1987 - Download All Files (33.939 MB)
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DS40:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1988 - Download All Files (31.532 MB)
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DS41:  Expenditure Tabulations, 1989 - Download All Files (30.057 MB)
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DS42:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1980 - Download All Files (7.429 MB)
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DS43:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1981 - Download All Files (12.597 MB)
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DS44:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1982 - Download All Files (11.764 MB)
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DS45:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1983 - Download All Files (11.75 MB)
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DS46:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1984 - Download All Files (12.763 MB)
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DS47:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1985 - Download All Files (13.408 MB)
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DS48:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1986 - Download All Files (13.446 MB)
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DS49:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1987 - Download All Files (15.048 MB)
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DS50:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1988 - Download All Files (13.972 MB)
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DS51:  Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1989 - Download All Files (13.165 MB)
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DS52:  Summary File, Household Demographics and Aggregate Annual Expenditures - Download All Files (23.774 MB)
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DS53:  Consumer Price Indices for Selected Goods, January 1979-October 1990 - Download All Files (1.07 MB)
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DS54:  Consumer Price Indices, Twelve-Month Moving Averages for Selected Goods - Download All Files (1.057 MB)
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DS55:  Codebook for All Parts - Download All Files (0.911 MB)
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DS56:  SAS Data Definition Statements for All Parts - Download All Files (0.911 MB)
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DS57:  Map of Old and New 1986 Consumer Unit Identifiers - Download All Files (0.937 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Nelson, Julie A. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEYS, 1980-1989: INTERVIEW SURVEYS, FOR HOUSEHOLD-LEVEL ANALYSIS. Davis, CA: Julie A. Nelson [producer], 1992. Washington, DC: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [original producer], 1981-1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09851.v1

Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09851.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-8921634)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile expenses, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, debt, demographic characteristics, durable goods, employment, energy consumption, families, fixed income, food costs, household appliances, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, housing costs, insurance, purchasing, recreation expenses, taxes, unemployment benefits, vehicles, wages and salaries

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1979-10--1989-11

Date of Collection:  

  • 1980-01--1989-12

Universe:   Total civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:   The Consumer Expenditure Survey is based on a national probability sample of households. Households are selected from primary sampling units (PSUs), which consist of counties (or parts thereof), groups of counties, or independent cities. The set of sample PSUs used for the survey is composed of 101 areas, of which 85 urban areas have also been selected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Consumer Price Index program. The sampling frame from which housing units were selected was generated from the 1980 Census 100-percent detail file, augmented by new construction permits and coverage improvement techniques used to eliminate recognized deficiencies in that census. The sample design is a rotating panel survey in which one-fifth of the sample is dropped and a new group added each quarter. Each panel is interviewed for five consecutive quarters and then dropped from the survey.

Data Source:

public use data tapes produced by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 56 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 55 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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