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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1993: Interview Survey (ICPSR 6580) RSS

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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. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files in this collection contain consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, and characteristics and earnings of both the reference person and the spouse. Summary expenditure data are also provided. The Member Characteristics and Income (MEMB) files present selected characteristics for each consumer unit member, including reference person and spouse. Each record in the FMLY and MEMB files consists of three months of data. Detailed Expenditures (MTAB) files provide monthly data at the Universal Classification Code (UCC) level. In these files expenditures for each consumer unit are classified according to UCC categories and are specified as gifts or nongifts. There may be more than one record for a UCC in a single month if that is what was reported to the interviewer. The Income (ITAB) files supply monthly data at the UCC level for consumer unit characteristics and income. The Documentation File (Part 20) contains a sample program and a list of variables by start position. This program is for use in the verification of the public-use data and as an illustration of the Consumer Expenditures estimation methodology, as well as to provide programming assistance.

Series: Consumer Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter - Download All Files (18.5 MB)
DS2:  Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter - Download All Files (10.2 MB)
DS3:  Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter - Download All Files (22.9 MB)
DS4:  Income File, First Quarter - Download All Files (15.6 MB)
DS5:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter - Download All Files (18.4 MB)
DS6:  Member Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter - Download All Files (10.2 MB)
DS7:  Detailed Expenditures, Second Quarter - Download All Files (21.9 MB)
DS8:  Income File, Second Quarter - Download All Files (15.8 MB)
DS9:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter - Download All Files (18.3 MB)
DS10:  Member Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter - Download All Files (10.2 MB)
DS11:  Detailed Expenditures, Third Quarter - Download All Files (22.7 MB)
DS12:  Income File, Third Quarter - Download All Files (15.4 MB)
DS13:  Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (18.6 MB)
DS14:  Member Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (10.2 MB)
DS15:  Detailed Expenditures, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (22.9 MB)
DS16:  Income File, Fourth Quarter - Download All Files (15.6 MB)
DS17:  Aggregation File - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
DS18:  Label File - Download All Files (6.5 MB)
DS19:  Universal Classification Codes - Download All Files (6.6 MB)
DS20:  Documentation File - Download All Files (6.6 MB)

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1993: INTERVIEW SURVEY. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06580.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   consumer behavior, consumer expenditures, consumption, debt, demographic characteristics, employment, energy consumption, families, fixed income, food costs, household budgets, household expenditures, household income, housing costs, insurance, purchasing, taxes, unemployment benefits, wages and salaries

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1993

Date of Collection:  

  • 1993

Universe:   Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


Sample:   National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB6580.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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