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 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 that comprise this data collection were created from all the major expenditure sections of the Interview Survey questionnaires and contain more detailed expenditure records than those found in the Interview Survey data (CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1993: INTERVIEW SURVEY [ICPSR 6580]). In addition, the Detailed Expenditure Files include Consumer Unit Characteristics (FMLY) Files and Income and Member Characteristics (MEMB) Files identical to those found in the Interview Survey.
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U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1993: INTERVIEW SURVEY, DETAILED EXPENDITURE FILES. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06543.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06543.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: automobile expenses, clothing, construction costs, consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, credit, debt, demographic characteristics, durable goods, education expenditures, employment, energy consumption, families, fixed income, food costs, health expenditures, health insurance, home ownership, hospitalization, household appliances, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, housing costs, insurance, memberships, mortgage payments, property repairs, purchasing, recreation expenses, taxes, unemployment benefits, wages and salaries
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. (2) Part 59, Documentation File, contains a list of FMLY and MEMB variables by start position.
Sample: National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.
Original ICPSR Release: 1997-11-14
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