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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1986: Diary Survey (ICPSR 9114)

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Summary:

The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous, comprehensive flow of data on the buying habits of American consumers. In addition, these data are used to maintain and to review the Consumer Price Index. The Diary, or recordkeeping, component of the CES 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.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  1986 First Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.8 MB)
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DS2:  1986 First Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
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DS3:  1986 First Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
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DS4:  1986 First Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
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DS5:  1986 Second Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
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DS6:  1986 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
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DS7:  1986 Second Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (5.7 MB)
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DS8:  1986 Second Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
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DS9:  1986 Third Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
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DS10:  1986 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
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DS11:  1986 Third Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
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DS12:  1986 Third Quarter: Income - Download All Files (1.8 MB)
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DS13:  1986 Fourth Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
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DS14:  1986 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics - Download All Files (3 MB)
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DS15:  1986 Fourth Quarter: Detailed Expenditures - Download All Files (16.3 MB)
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DS16:  1986 Fourth Quarter: Income - Download All Files (2.4 MB)
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DS17:  1986 Universal Classification Codes and Their Titles - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1986: DIARY SURVEY. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09114.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:  

  • 1986

Universe:   Total United States civilian noninstitutionalized population.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook for this data collection is machine-readable only. All published and unpublished Universal Classification Codes (UCC) have been included on the Diary files. This will permit users to integrate data from the Diary and Interview surveys. 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 UCC level, while the Income (DTAB) files contain weekly data on income at the UCC level.

Methodology

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 18 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 18 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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