Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1991: Interview Survey, Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 6262)

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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 that comprise this data collection were created from all the major expenditure sections of the Interview Survey questionnaires. These files contain more detailed expenditure records than those found in the Interview Survey data tapes. In addition, the Detailed Expenditure Files include family characteristics (FMLY) files and income and member characteristics (MEMB) files identical to those found in the Interview Survey.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  1991 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (13.2 MB)
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DS2:  1991 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
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DS3:  1991 Second Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12.9 MB)
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DS4:  1991 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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DS5:  1991 Third Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12.9 MB)
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DS6:  1991 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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DS7:  1991 Fourth Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (13.1 MB)
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DS8:  1991 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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DS9:  1992 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (13.1 MB)
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DS10:  1992 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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DS11:  1991-1992: Major Household Appliances - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
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DS12:  1991-1992: Rental Living Quarters - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
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DS13:  1991-1992: Owned Living Quarters (Detailed Property Description) - Download All Files (4 MB)
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DS14:  1991-1992: Owned Living Quarters (Disposed-Of Property) - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS15:  1991-1992: Owned Living Quarters (Mortgage Payments) - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
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DS16:  1991-1992: Owned Living Quarters (Lump Sum Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS17:  1991-1992: Owned Living Quarters (Line of Credit Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS18:  1991-1992: Owned Living Quarters (Ownership Costs) - Download All Files (9.8 MB)
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DS19:  1991-1992: Utilities and Fuels (Telephone Expenses) - Download All Files (8.6 MB)
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DS20:  1991-1992: Utilities and Fuels (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS21:  1991-1992: Utilities and Fuels (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (16.4 MB)
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DS22:  1991-1992: Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (2.4 MB)
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DS23:  1991-1992: Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Job Description) - Download All Files (3.7 MB)
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DS24:  1991-1992: Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Purchase of Appliances) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS25:  1991-1992: Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Other Household Equipment) - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
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DS26:  1991-1992: Household Equipment Repairs and Service Contracts - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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DS27:  1991-1992: Furniture Repair and Reupholstering - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS28:  1991-1992: Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Purchases) - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
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DS29:  1991-1992: Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Rental or Leasing of Furniture) - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
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DS30:  1991-1992: Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing) - Download All Files (9.4 MB)
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DS31:  1991-1992: Clothing and Sewing Materials (Infants' Clothing, Watches, Jewelry, and Hairpieces) - Download All Files (2.7 MB)
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DS32:  1991-1992: Clothing and Sewing Materials (Sewing Materials) - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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DS33:  1991-1992: Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing Services) - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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DS34:  1991-1992: Rented and Leased Vehicles (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS35:  1991-1992: Rented and Leased Vehicles (Detailed Questions for Leased Vehicles) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS36:  1991-1992: Rented and Leased Vehicles (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS37:  1991-1992: Owned Vehicles (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (16.7 MB)
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DS38:  1991-1992: Owned Vehicles (Disposed-Of Vehicles) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS39:  1991-1992: Vehicle Operating Expenses (Vehicle Maintenance and Repair) - Download All Files (3.7 MB)
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DS40:  1991-1992: Vehicle Operating Expenses (Licensing, Registration, and Inspection of Vehicles) - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
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DS41:  1991-1992: Vehicle Operating Expenses (Other Vehicle Operating Expenses) - Download All Files (3.7 MB)
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DS42:  1991-1992: Insurance Other Than Health - Download All Files (15 MB)
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DS43:  1991-1992: Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (3 MB)
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DS44:  1991-1992: Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Plans Not Paid by the CU) - Download All Files (5.8 MB)
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DS45:  1991-1992: Medical and Health Expenditures (Expenses) - Download All Files (4.6 MB)
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DS46:  1991-1992: Medical and Health Expenditures (Reimbursements) - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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DS47:  1991-1992: Educational Expenses (Expenses Paid by the CU) - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
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DS48:  1991-1992: Educational Expenses (Expenses Paid Directly by Others Outside the CU) - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS49:  1991-1992: Subscriptions and Memberships - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
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DS50:  1991-1992: Books and Entertainment - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS51:  1991-1992: Trips and Vacations (Not Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (5.8 MB)
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DS52:  1991-1992: Trips and Vacations (Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
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DS53:  1991-1992: Trips and Vacations (Trip Expenses for Non-CU Members) - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
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DS54:  1991-1992: Trips and Vacations (Local Overnight Stays) - Download All Files (3.2 MB)
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DS55:  1991-1992: Trips and Vacations (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (1.7 MB)
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DS56:  1991-1992: Trips and Vacations (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
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DS57:  1991-1992: Miscellaneous Expenses - Download All Files (4.1 MB)
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DS58:  1991-1992: Food, Beverages, and Other Selected Items (Food and Beverages) - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
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DS59:  1991-1992: Food, Beverages, and Other Selected Items (Selected Services and Goods) - Download All Files (5.2 MB)
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DS60:  Credit Liability (Second Quarter Only) - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
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DS61:  Credit Liability (Credit Balances) - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
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DS62:  Credit Liability (Finance Charges) - Download All Files (2 MB)
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DS63:  Vehicle Make/Model Codes and Titles - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1991: Interview Survey, Detailed Expenditure Files. ICPSR06262-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06262.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:  

  • 1991

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

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A new Interview Survey questionnaire was introduced beginning in April 1991, resulting in significant changes to the 1991 Interview Survey data files. Several files, including Purchases of Household Appliances, Inventory of Household Appliances, Inventory and Purchases of Owned Vehicles, Disposal of Owned Vehicles, Trips and Vacations, and Vehicle Make/Model Codes and Titles, have been moved to the Detailed Expenditure Files for 1991 and subsequent years. The documentation has been completely restructured beginning in 1991 to reflect these changes.

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:

personal interviews

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 64 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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