National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1985: Interview Survey (ICPSR 8904) RSS

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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 panel survey in which each consumer unit in the sample is interviewed every three months over a 15-month period, and (2) a Diary or recordkeeping 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 which 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 which 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.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  1985 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,317 KB)
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DS2:  1985 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,718 KB)
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DS3:  1985 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (16,321 KB)
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DS4:  1985 First Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,330 KB)
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DS5:  1985 Second Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,198 KB)
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DS6:  1985 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,718 KB)
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DS7:  1985 Second Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (15,510 KB)
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DS8:  1985 Second Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,224 KB)
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DS9:  1985 Third Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (11,955 KB)
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DS10:  1985 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,664 KB)
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DS11:  1985 Third Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (15,624 KB)
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DS12:  1985 Third Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,061 KB)
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DS13:  1985 Fourth Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,497 KB)
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DS14:  1985 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,732 KB)
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DS15:  1985 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (16,175 KB)
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DS16:  1985 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,354 KB)
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DS17:  1986 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (12,374 KB)
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DS18:  1986 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income - Download All Files (4,705 KB)
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DS19:  1986 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures - Download All Files (16,500 KB)
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DS20:  1986 First Quarter: Monthly Income - Download All Files (10,287 KB)
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DS21:  1985-1986: Purchases of Household Appliances - Download All Files (1,071 KB)
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DS22:  1985-1986: Inventory of Household Appliances - Download All Files (4,701 KB)
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DS23:  1985-1986: Inventory and Purchases of Owned Vehicles - Download All Files (17,265 KB)
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DS24:  1985-1986: Disposal of Owned Vehicles - Download All Files (1,132 KB)
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DS25:  1985-1986: Trips and Vacations - Download All Files (13,983 KB)
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DS26:  1985-1986: Publication Aggregation - Download All Files (1,111 KB)
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DS27:  1985-1986: Publication Labels - Download All Files (968 KB)
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DS28:  1985-1986: Universal Classification Code Titles - Download All Files (1,003 KB)
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DS29:  1985-1986: Vehicle Make/Model Code Titles - Download All Files (1,022 KB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1985: Interview Survey. ICPSR08904-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08904.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   automobile expenses, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, debt, demographic characteristics, durable goods, employment, energy consumption, families, fixed income, food costs, household appliances, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, housing costs, insurance, purchasing, recreation expenses, taxes, unemployment benefits, vehicles, wages and salaries

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985

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

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook for this collection is machine-readable only. Due to changes in the sample design introduced beginning in November 1985, users will not be able to link consumer units by the identification number (NEWID) between the 1985 tape and the 1986 tape when it becomes available. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that users should use the 1984 and 1985 tapes or the 1986 and 1987 tapes (when available) for any micro-level longitudinal analysis. Since release of the 1984 Interview tape, four summary food variables and a variable (JFDSTMPA) containing food stamp values have been added to the end of the FMLY files. 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 non-gifts. There may be more than one record for a UCC in a single month if that is what was reported to the interviewer. The Income (ITAB) files supply monthly data at the UCC level for consumer unit characteristics and income. Parts 21 through 25 of the collection offer consumer durables information for the following topics: household appliance purchases, inventory of appliances, vehicle inventory and purchases, vehicle disposals, and trip characteristics and expenses. Parts 26 and 27 are files designed for use with the printed publications based on these data.

Methodology

Sample:   The CES is based on a national probability sample of households. The sampling frame was generated from the 1970 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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  • 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.
  • 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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