Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2002: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 3949)
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, or expenditures that occur on a fairly regular basis, such as rent, utilities, or insurance premiums. 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 Detailed Expenditure Files were created from all the major expenditure sections of the Interview Survey questionnaires and contain the most detailed expenditure data from the Interview Survey. Parts 71-75 contain processing files used by the Interview Survey Sample Program (Part 70).
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U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 2002: INTERVIEW SURVEY AND DETAILED EXPENDITURE FILES. ICPSR03949-v1. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [producer], 2003. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-03-25. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03949.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03949.v1
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Geographic Coverage: United States
- 2002-2003 (2002 and 2003)
(1) Starting with the 1994 collection, the Interview Survey and the Detailed Expenditure Files (EXPN) are released together in one data collection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2) This release includes files from the first quarter of 2003 in addition to the files containing data from interviews conducted during the four quarters of 2002. (3) For the Income Files (Parts 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20) the documentation is in error. There are 7 variables, and the length of record is 34. The variable GIFT was deleted starting with the 2002 files.
Original ICPSR Release: 2005-03-07
- 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 78 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
- 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 77 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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