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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, April 1992 (ICPSR 6771)

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This monthly survey series was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to explain why such changes occur, and to evaluate how these changes relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. This type of information is also used for forecasting changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Each monthly survey probes a different aspect of consumer confidence. Open-ended questions are asked concerning evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions probe buying intentions for automobiles and the respondent's appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, and other durables. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, and education.

Series: Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series

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Study Description


Economic Behavior Program, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, APRIL 1992. ICPSR version. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Survey Research Center [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   business conditions, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, disposable income, durable goods, economic conditions, employment, inflation, interest rates, national economy, personal finances, price fluctuations, purchasing

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1992-04

Date of Collection:  

  • 1992-04

Universe:   Population of the United States aged 18 and older in households.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.

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  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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