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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1989: Interview Survey (ICPSR 9712) RSS

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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, automobiles, and major appliances, or expenditures that occur on a fairly regular basis, such as rent, utilities, or insurance premiums. Expenditures incurred while on trips are also covered by the survey. 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 Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files in this collection contain consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, and characteristics and earnings of both the reference person and the spouse. Summary expenditure data are also provided. The Member Characteristics and Income (MEMB) files present selected characteristics for each consumer unit member, including reference person and spouse. Each record in the FMLY and MEMB files consists of three months of data. Detailed Expenditures (MTAB) files provide monthly data at the Universal Classification Code (UCC) level. In these files expenditures for each consumer unit are classified according to UCC categories and are specified as gifts or nongifts. There may be more than one record for a UCC in a single month if that is what was xreported to the interviewer. The Income (ITAB) files supply monthly data at the UCC level for consumer unit characteristics and income.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  1989 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,261 KB)
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DS2:  1989 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,560 KB)
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DS3:  1989 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (17,207 KB)
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DS4:  1989 First Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,095 KB)
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DS5:  1989 Second Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,089 KB)
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DS6:  1989 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,525 KB)
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DS7:  1989 Second Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (15,484 KB)
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DS8:  1989 Second Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,068 KB)
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DS9:  1989 Third Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (11,940 KB)
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DS10:  1989 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,527 KB)
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DS11:  1989 Third Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (15,777 KB)
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DS12:  1989 Third Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (9,915 KB)
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DS13:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,151 KB)
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DS14:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,549 KB)
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DS15:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (16,097 KB)
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DS16:  1989 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,060 KB)
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DS17:  1990 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,228 KB)
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DS18:  1990 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,566 KB)
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DS19:  1990 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (17,228 KB)
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DS20:  1990 First Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,133 KB)
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DS21:  1989-1990: Purchases of Household Appliances - Download All Files (1,026 KB)
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DS22:  1989-1990: Inventory of Household Appliances - Download All Files (10,542 KB)
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DS23:  1989-1990: Inventory and Purchases of Owned Vehicles - Download All Files (18,634 KB)
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DS24:  1989-1990: Disposal of Owned Vehicles - Download All Files (1,068 KB)
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DS25:  1989-1990: Trips and Vacations - Download All Files (14,125 KB)
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DS26:  1989-1990: Publication Aggregation - Download All Files (1,064 KB)
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DS27:  1989-1990: Publication Labels - Download All Files (920 KB)
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DS28:  1989-1990: Universal Classification Codes and Titles - Download All Files (959 KB)
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DS29:  1989-1990: Vehicle Make/Model Codes and Titles - Download All Files (967 KB)
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DS30:  1989-1990: Codebook Text for All Parts - Download All Files (908 KB)
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DS31:  May 1991 Errata - Download All Files (908 KB)
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DS32:  March 1992 Errata - Download All Files (908 KB)
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DS33:  August 1992 Errata - Download All Files (908 KB)
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DS34:  November 1992 Errata - Download All Files (908 KB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1989: Interview Survey. ICPSR09712-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09712.v1

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Scope of Study

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 109 areas, of which 91 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 34 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 33 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 32 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 31 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 30 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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