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Investigator(s): Economic Behavior Program, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

The Surveys of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior were initiated in the late 1940s by the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, under the direction of George Katona and have been carried out quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The purpose of these surveys is to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why these changes occur, to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases, and to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Changes in consumers' willingness to buy are best assessed by making use of the answers to all questions asked in the surveys, especially the open-ended questions that probe underlying reasons. Nevertheless, in order to make available a summary measure of change in consumer sentiment, the Survey Research Center uses the answers to selected questions to calculate an Index of Consumer Sentiment. Each survey also probes a different aspect of consumer confidence. The surveys use a national sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling that is representative of the adult population of the United States.

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2013
Peytchev, Andy . Consequences of survey nonresponse. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 645, (1), 88-111.
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2010
Pfajfar, Damjan,  Santoro, Emiliano . Heterogeneity, learning and information stickiness in inflation expectations. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 75, (3), 426-444.
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2003
Kadleck, Colleen . Police employee organizations. Policing. 26, (2), 341-351.
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2003
Maguire, Edward R.,  Shin, Yeunhee,  Zhao, Jihong 'Solomon',  Hassell, Kimberly D. Structural change in large police agencies during the 1990s. Policing. 26, (2), 251-265.
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2000
Curtin, Richard T.,  Presser, Stanley,  Singer, Eleanor . The Impact of Nonresponse on the Index of Consumer Sentiment. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research.
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1999
Belli, Robert F.,  Traugott, Michael W.,  Young, Margaret,  McGonagle, Katherine A. Reducing vote overreporting in surveys: Social desirability, memory failure, and source monitoring. Public Opinion Quarterly. 63, (1), 90-108.
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1999
Bischoping, Katherine,  Kalmin, Andrea . Public opinion about comparisons to the Holocaust. Public Opinion Quarterly. 63, (4), 485-507.
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1998
Hirsch, Barry T.,  Mapheron, David A. Earnings and employment in trucking: Deregulating a naturally competitive industry. Regulatory Reform and Labor Markets. Norwell: Kluwer.
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1998
Krause, George A.,  Granato, Jim . Fooling some of the public some of the time? A test for weak rationality with heterogeneous information levels. Public Opinion Quarterly. 62, (2), 135-151.
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1998
Singer, Eleanor,  Hoewyk, John van . Does the payment of incentives create expectation effects?. Public Opinion Quarterly. 62, (2), 152-164.
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