Principal Investigator(s): University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
This survey was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why such changes occur, and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. This type of information is essential for forecasting changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. Each monthly survey probes a different aspect of consumer confidence. Open-ended questions are asked concerning evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions inquired about buying intentions for automobiles and computers, and the respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, computers, and other durables. Also explored in this survey were respondents' types of savings and financial investments, family income, and sources of income. Other questions focused on respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet, and respondents' ownership, lease, and use of automobiles. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.
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University of Michigan, Survey Research Center, Economic Behavior Program. SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, DECEMBER 1997. ICPSR04395-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Survey Research Center [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-04-17. doi:10.3886/ICPSR04395.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04395.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: automobiles, computer use, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, disposable income, durable goods, economic conditions, employment, inflation, interest rates, Internet, national economy, personal finances, price fluctuations, purchasing, vehicles
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Population of the United States aged 18 and older in households.
Data Types: survey data
Sample: National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.
You can find more information via the sample characteristics utility (Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, December 1997).
Weight: This collection contains three weight variables: V95 "Adult Weight," V96 "Household Weight," and WT "Household Weight," that must be used in any analysis.
Mode of Data Collection: telephone interview
Original ICPSR Release: 2006-04-17
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