Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1994: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 6710)

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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.

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 - Download All Files (19.1 MB)
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DS2:  Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS3:  Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter - Download All Files (17.8 MB)
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DS4:  Income File, First Quarter - Download All Files (9.7 MB)
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DS5:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter - Download All Files (18.8 MB)
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DS6:  Member Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter - Download All Files (4.4 MB)
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DS7:  Detailed Expenditures, Second Quarter - Download All Files (16.2 MB)
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DS8:  Income File, Second Quarter - Download All Files (9.5 MB)
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DS9:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter - Download All Files (18.4 MB)
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DS10:  Member Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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DS11:  Detailed Expenditures, Third Quarter - Download All Files (16.3 MB)
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DS12:  Income File, Third Quarter - Download All Files (9.4 MB)
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DS13:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (18.6 MB)
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DS14:  Member Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
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DS15:  Detailed Expenditures, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (16.5 MB)
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DS16:  Income File, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (9.4 MB)
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DS17:  Major Household Appliances - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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DS18:  Rented Living Quarters - Download All Files (1.4 MB)
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DS19:  Owned Living Quarters (Detailed Property Description) - Download All Files (2.1 MB)
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DS20:  Owned Living Quarters (Disposed-of Property) - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS21:  Owned Living Quarters (Mortgage Payments) - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
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DS22:  Owned Living Quarters (Lump Sum Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS23:  Owned Living Quarters (Line of Credit Home Equity Loans) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS24:  Owned Living Quarters (Ownership Costs) - Download All Files (6.1 MB)
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DS25:  Utilities and Fuels (Telephone Expenses) - Download All Files (3.5 MB)
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DS26:  Utilities and Fuels (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS27:  Utilities and Fuels (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (13 MB)
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DS28:  Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS29:  Construction, Repairs, Alterations, and Maintenance of Property (Job Description) - Download All Files (2.4 MB)
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DS30:  Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Purchase of Appliances) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS31:  Appliances, Household Equipment, and Other Selected Items (Other Household Equipment) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS32:  Household Equipment Repairs and Service Contracts - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS33:  Furniture Repair and Reupholstering - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS34:  Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Purchases) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS35:  Home Furnishings and Related Household Items (Rental or Leasing of Furniture) - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS36:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing) - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
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DS37:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Infants' Clothing, Watches, Jewelry, and Hairpieces) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS38:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Sewing Materials) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS39:  Clothing and Sewing Materials (Clothing Services) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS40:  Rented and Leased Vehicles (Screening Questions) - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS41:  Rented and Leased Vehicles (Detailed Questions for Leased Vehicles) - Download All Files (0.9 MB)
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DS42:  Owned Vehicles (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (12.1 MB)
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DS43:  Owned Vehicles (Disposed-of Vehicles) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS44:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Vehicle Maintenance and Repair) - Download All Files (2.4 MB)
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DS45:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Licensing, Registration, and Inspection of Vehicles) - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS46:  Vehicle Operating Expenses (Other Vehicle Operating Expenses) - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
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DS47:  Insurance Other Than Health (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (11 MB)
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DS48:  Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Detailed Questions) - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
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DS49:  Hospitalization and Health Insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Plans Not Paid by CU) - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
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DS50:  Medical and Health Expenditures (Expenses) - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
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DS51:  Medical and Health Expenditures (Reimbursements) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS52:  Educational Expenses (Expenses Paid Directly by the Consumer Unit) - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
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DS53:  Subscriptions and Memberships - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS54:  Books and Entertainment Expenses - Download All Files (2.5 MB)
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DS55:  Trips and Vacations (Not Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
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DS56:  Trips and Vacations (Fully Reimbursed) - Download All Files (1.4 MB)
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DS57:  Trips and Vacations (Trip Expenses for Non-Consumer Unit Members) - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS58:  Trips and Vacations (Local Overnight Stays) - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS59:  Miscellaneous Expenses - Download All Files (2.6 MB)
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DS60:  Expense Patterns for Food and Beverages - Download All Files (3.3 MB)
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DS61:  Expense Patterns for Selected Services and Goods - Download All Files (3.7 MB)
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DS62:  Credit Liability (Second Quarter Only) - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
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DS63:  Credit Liability (Credit Balances) - Download All Files (1 MB)
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DS64:  Credit Liability (Credit Finances) - Download All Files (1.1 MB)
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DS65:  Aggregation File - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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DS66:  Label File - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS67:  Universal Classification Code - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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DS68:  Vehicle Make and Model - Download All Files (0.7 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1994: INTERVIEW SURVEY AND DETAILED EXPENDITURE FILES. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [producer], 1996. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06710.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:  

  • 1994

Date of Collection:  

  • 1994

Universe:   Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Starting with this collection, the Interview Survey and the Detailed Expenditure Files (EXPN) are being released together in one data collection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2) Part 69, Documentation File, is an ASCII text file that includes a sample computer program and a list of the FMLY and MEMB variables by start position. Parts 65 and 66 (Aggregation File and Label File) are processing files used by the program in Part 69. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

Methodology

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

Data Source:

personal interviews

Version(s)

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 70 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 69 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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