Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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 fifteen-month period, and (2) a Diary Survey completed by the sample consumer units for two consecutive one-week periods. The Diary Survey contains consumer 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. Participants are asked to maintain expense records, or diaries, of all purchases made each day for two consecutive one-week periods. 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. A consumer unit consists of all members of a particular housing unit who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or some other legal arrangement. Consumer unit determination for unrelated persons is based on financial independence. Member Characteristics (MEMB) files contain selected characteristics and earnings for each consumer unit member, including information on relationship to reference person. The Detailed Expenditures (EXPN) files present weekly data on expenditures at the Universal Classification Code (UCC) level, while Income (DTAB) files contain data on CU characteristics and income at the UCC level. Part 20, Documentation File, includes a sample program and a list of the FMLY, MEMB, EXPN, and DTAB variables by start position. Part 17, Aggregation File, and Part 18, Label File, contain processing files used by the program in Part 20. Parts 25 and 26 are SAS programs that generate means, variances, standard errors, and coefficients of variation.
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U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1996: DIARY SURVEY. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [producer], 1999. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. doi:10.3886/ICPSR02795.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02795.v1
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
Date of Collection:
Universe: Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
The codebook is provided as an MSWord 7 file and as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, and the data collection instruments are provided as PDF files. 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.
Sample: National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.
Original ICPSR Release: 1999-11-02
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