Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1996: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 2794)

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Summary:

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 Interview Survey was designed to collect data on major items of expense, household characteristics, and income. The expenditures covered by the survey are those that respondents can recall fairly accurately for three months or longer. In general, these expenditures include relatively large purchases, such as those for property, or expenditures that occur on a fairly regular basis, such as rent, utilities, or insurance premiums. Excluded are nonprescription drugs, household supplies, and personal care items. Including global estimates on spending for food, it is estimated that about 90 to 95 percent of expenditures are covered in the Interview Survey. The Detailed Expenditure Files were created from all the major expenditure sections of the Interview Survey questionnaires and contain the most detailed expenditure data from the Interview Survey. Parts 69-72 contain processing files used by the program in Part 73. Part 73, Documentation File, includes a sample program and lists of the data file variables by start position. Parts 75 and 76 are SAS programs that generate means, variances, standard errors, and coefficients of variation.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (16.7 MB)
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DS2:  Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
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DS3:  Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (16 MB)
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DS4:  Income File, First Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (10.4 MB)
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DS5:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (22.7 MB)
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DS6:  Member Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (7.9 MB)
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DS7:  Detailed Expenditures, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (20.8 MB)
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DS8:  Income File, Second Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (13.5 MB)
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DS9:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (22.2 MB)
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DS10:  Member Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (7.8 MB)
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DS11:  Detailed Expenditures, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (20.8 MB)
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DS12:  Income File, Third Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (13.3 MB)
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DS13:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (22.8 MB)
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DS14:  Member Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (7.9 MB)
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DS15:  Detailed Expenditures, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (21.2 MB)
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DS16:  Income File, Fourth Quarter, 1996 - Download All Files (13.5 MB)
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DS17:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (23.2 MB)
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DS18:  Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (8 MB)
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DS19:  Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (22.6 MB)
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DS20:  Income File, First Quarter, 1997 - Download All Files (14.2 MB)
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DS21:  Major Household Appliances - Download All Files (10.1 MB)
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DS22:  Rented Living Quarters - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
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DS23:  Owned Living Quarters (Detailed Property Description) - Download All Files (6.2 MB)
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DS24:  Owned Living Quarters (Disposed-of Property) - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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DS25:  Owned Living Quarters (Mortgage Payments) - Download All Files (6.4 MB)
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DS26:  Owned Living Quarters (Lump-Sum Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
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DS27:  Owned Living Quarters (Line of Credit Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS28:  Owned Living Quarters (Ownership Costs) - Download All Files (11.1 MB)
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DS29:  Utilities and Fuels (Telephone Expenses) - Download All Files (8 MB)
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DS30:  Utilities and Fuels (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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DS31:  Utilities and Fuels (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (19.2 MB)
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DS32:  Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS33:  Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Job Description) - Download All Files (6.3 MB)
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DS34:  Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Purchase of Appliances) - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS35:  Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Other Household Equipment) - Download All Files (5.5 MB)
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DS36:  Household Equipment Repairs and Service Contracts - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
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DS37:  Furniture Repair and Reupholstering - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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DS38:  Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Purchases) - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
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DS39:  Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Rental or Leasing of Furniture) - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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DS40:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing) - Download All Files (10.9 MB)
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DS41:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Infants' Clothing, Watches, Jewelry, and Hairpieces) - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
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DS42:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Sewing Materials) - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
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DS43:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing Services) - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
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DS44:  Rented and Leased Vehicles (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS45:  Rented and Leased Vehicles (Detailed Questions for Leased Vehicles) - Download All Files (4.6 MB)
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DS46:  Owned Vehicles (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (18.5 MB)
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DS47:  Owned Vehicles (Disposed-of Vehicles) - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
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DS48:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Vehicle Maintenance and Repair) - Download All Files (6.6 MB)
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DS49:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Licensing, Registration, and Inspection of Vehicles) - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
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DS50:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Other Vehicle Operating Expenses) - Download All Files (6.5 MB)
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DS51:  Insurance Other Than Health (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (13.4 MB)
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DS52:  Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (5.9 MB)
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DS53:  Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Plans Not Paid by CU) - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
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DS54:  Medical and Health Expenditures (Expenses) - Download All Files (7 MB)
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DS55:  Medical and Health Expenditures (Reimbursements) - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS56:  Educational Expenses (Expenses Paid Directly by the Consumer Unit) - Download All Files (5.4 MB)
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DS57:  Subscriptions and Memberships - Download All Files (5.3 MB)
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DS58:  Books and Entertainment Expenses - Download All Files (6.5 MB)
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DS59:  Trips and Vacations (Not Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (9.6 MB)
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DS60:  Trips and Vacations (Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
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DS61:  Trips and Vacations (Trip Expenses for Non-Consumer Unit Members) - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS62:  Trips and Vacations (Local Overnight Stays) - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS63:  Miscellaneous Expenses - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
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DS64:  Expense Patterns for Food and Beverages - Download All Files (7.6 MB)
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DS65:  Expense Patterns for Selected Services and Goods - Download All Files (8.1 MB)
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DS66:  Credit Liability (Second Quarter Only) - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
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DS67:  Credit Liability (Credit Balances) - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
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DS68:  Credit Liability (Credit Finances) - Download All Files (4.8 MB)
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DS69:  Aggregation File - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS70:  Label File - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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DS71:  Universal Classification Codes - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS72:  Vehicle Make and Model - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS75:  SAS Variance Program for All Consumer Units - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS76:  SAS Variance Program for Single Specified Expenditure Item - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1996: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files. ICPSR02794-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02794.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile expenses, clothing, construction costs, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, credit, debt, demographic characteristics, durable goods, education expenditures, employment, energy consumption, families, fixed income, food costs, health expenditures, health insurance, home ownership, hospitalization, household appliances, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, housing costs, insurance, memberships, mortgage payments, property repairs, purchasing, recreation expenses, taxes, unemployment benefits, wages and salaries

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1996

Universe:   Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Starting with the 1994 collection, the Interview Survey and the Detailed Expenditure Files (EXPN) are released together in one data collection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This release includes files from the first quarter of 1997 in addition to the files containing data from interviews conducted during the four quarters of 1996.

The codebook is provided as an MSWord 7 file and as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, and the data collection instrument is also provided as a PDF file.

Methodology

Sample:   National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 78 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 77 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 74 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 73 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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